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Willie Alice Gunselman

Willie Alice Gunselman, 93, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at St. John Ascension in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Willie was born December 10, 1926 in Cayuga, Texas to James and Willie (Daniel) Godley. On February 2, 1951, she married Dean W. Gunselman and they shared a loving life together until his passing in 2002. In her 40s, she received her Master’s Degree in Education and went on to teach Special Education in a Junior High. In her spare time, she loved playing games, especially the card game Bridge. Gardening and tending to her roses was her passion.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Barnes of Broken Arrow, OK; 3 sisters, Johnye Williams of Grand Prarie, TX., Mary Fern Little of Littleton, CO., and Betty Jackson of Winston-Salem, NC; 3 grandchildren, Jill Schilb, Will Gunselman, and Katelyn Grimm; 5 great-grandchildren, Carsyn Berg, Lillian Schilb, Isaac Schilb, Jaxson Grimm, and Sailor Gunselman; and many other loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dean Gunselman; her son Charles Gunselman; her siblings, Adora Smithen, Dorothy McDaniel, and James Godley JR.

The funeral service will be held Friday, June 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Chapel in Springdale, AR. Burial will follow at Bluff Cemetery. For the funeral service, guests will be limited to 120 people and everyone will be required to wear their own facemask, per guidelines set forth by the State of Arkansas. The funeral arrangements were entrusted to Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale, AR. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.backstrom-pyeatte.comwww.backstrom-pyeatte.com.

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I worked with Mrs Gunselman at a former Jr High. I remember her for her faith and her compassion for her students. I consider it an honor to have worked with her and to have known her as a friend.
A little piece of my heart is gone today.

Teresa A. Murphy Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

Mrs. Gunselman taught my son and my daughter-in-law in Springdale. She was such a warm, caring, loving teacher. She has never been forgotten for the way she cared for those she taught. I am so sorry for your loss.

Betty White Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Willie was our neighbor in Springdale. She was a sweet lady and had beautiful flowers in her yard.
Chuck & Carol Fincher

Chuck & Carol Fincher Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Willie loved to cook, and she made the first hummingbird cake I had ever eaten. So good, She loved Jesus and loved to talk about Him.

Sam and Carol Coulter Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

I loved sitting by Willie in our worship services at Arrow Heights Baptist Church! She was a faithful attender up until just very recently ago, prior to Covid-19 changing everything! She had the most beautiful singing voice, and I'm pretty sure her favorites were the old hymns. I will miss Willie's presence very much. Who will sit in her place in that pew?

Lori Sutton Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Willie was are neighbor here in Broken Arrow, OK.
Wonderful neighbor. Wonderful plants all over her yard. We will miss her.
David, Linda and Dylan Armstrong

David Armstrong Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gunselman

Jamie Kirby Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM

Willie was such a blessing to our family. She taught my husband Scott in Jr High in the 80's and built a friendship that has continued on all these years later. I feel very fortunate to have shared in that friendship. She was a hostess for our wedding shower and was the first one to bring us a meal when we came home from the hospital with our little girl. I have many special memories of our talks and time together that I will cherish. She will be missed and I am so sad, but I amso very glad that she is home where she wanted to be.

Pam Creech Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM