Posted: Mon 8:28 AM, Mar 04, 2013
Funeral Home: Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
May 29, 1919 – February 26, 2013
Wilma Hasse Appelt Vickers passed peacefully away on Tuesday, the 26 of February 2013, in Houston. She was 93.
She was born on the 29 of May 1919, to Emma Oncken Hasse and Henry William Hasse in Oakland, Texas. She graduated from Weimar High School and attended Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. She left college early to teach third and fourth grades in Rock Island, Texas, and attended classes in the summer.
In 1941, she married Leslie L. Appelt. After World War II, they lived in Uvalde before moving to Houston where she raised her family and spent the rest of her life.
She and Les were "starters," charter members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, joining the congregation when they met at Lamar High School before any of the buildings were built. She was recently honored with the St. Luke's "Distinguished Life" Award.
Wilma co-organized the Tynewood Garden Club and served as their first president in 1960. She served as finance chairman of the Houston Realtor Wives Club and was President of the Ladies Auxiliary, San Jacinto Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. She was always sure to have season tickets for the Alley Theatre and the Houston Symphony. Other interests included cultural studies at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Women's Institute. She was a life-long member of the "Sewing Club," a group of dear friends who have met every month for over fifty years.
Because of her love of travel, she spent twenty-six years planning tours for her friends to all parts of the world. When she married Harold Vickers in 1980 he became her primary travel partner. As a wedding gift, KLM Airlines gave them two Royal Class tickets to anywhere in the world. They chose Hong Kong, where they had hotel rooms right on the water. She spent the last several years of her life at The Buckingham in Houston.
Wilma loved to dance, garden and be with her friends. But above all, she adored her family. She will always be remembered for her kindness, her sharp wit, her generosity, and her intelligence.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Henry Hasse; her sister Eunice von Rosenberg, her brother Henry Hasse Jr.; her husband Harold Vickers; and the father of her children, Leslie Appelt.
She leaves behind her four children Daren Appelt of Austin, Becky Conkling and her husband Bill of Lake George, Colorado, Dr. Gary Appelt and his wife Sandra of Brenham and Kenneth Appelt and his wife Kathi of College Station. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Trevor Watts of Denver, Colorado, Troy Watts and his wife Linda of Breckenridge, Colorado, Dr. Eric Appelt and his wife Connie of College Station, Amy Wallingford and her husband James of Montgomery, Texas, Carrie Ann Richardson and her husband Andrew of Houston; Jacob Appelt of Denton, and Cooper Appelt of Los Angeles, California. She has ten great grandchildren, Taylor and Jordan Watts, Remy Watts, Cole and Ashlyn Appelt, Luke and Allie Grace Richardson, Abigail and Caroline Wallingford, and Stella Larsen. She is also survived by her step-children, Kenneth Vickers, Kandy McBroom and Karol Jordan, and their families.
A memorial service, celebrating her life, is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 8 of March, in the chapel of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Linda Christians, Executive Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the Hines-Baker Room.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that gifts in her memory be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22013, 77227-2013.