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Wilma (Noyes) (Williams) Bales

December 30, 1927 - May 26, 2019

Wilma Marie Bales completed her journey here on Earth May 26th, 2019.  She was born Dec 30, 1927 in Council Bluffs, IA, and moved to Salem as a child.

After graduating from Salem High, she attended Willamette University where she met her future husband Newell Ross Williams.  They were married Feb 6th, 1948.  Together, they had two lovely daughters Jo Anne and Kay Marie who in turn expanded the family, giving Wilma seven grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren.   After fifty years of marriage, Wilma was preceded in death by Newell in 1998.

Wilma enjoyed her senior years on the golf course in Cathedral City, CA, where she married her 2nd husband Frank Bales who was also in her graduating class at Salem High.  They enjoyed a short time together traveling and exploring small Oregon towns before Frank passed in July of 2002.

Wilma loved golf, bridge, carving, and had a healthy respect for the 4 o’clock cocktail hour (cheers).  She passed at 91 years young, on her terms with humor and grace.  She will be remembered for her generosity, tenacity, and cheer, and will be greatly missed.

Her family and friends will say a final good-bye with a celebration of life at her favorite party place on the Little North Fork River on August 17 from 2pm-4pm.

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The Bales family offers our deepest condolences to Wilma's dear family and friends. Wilma and our father Frank shared enormous energy and passion for Life! We are so happy that they were brought together, found great love, and lived their live together to the fullest. The day they married they were positively giddy like kids again! We are inspired by their example: whatever travails life threw at them, they chose LIFE and they chose LOVE! Here's hoping that they, and all their dear friends and family, are re-united playing bridge together in Heaven! All Our Love to You!