Wilma was born July 3, 1931 in Brigham City, Utah to Lewis and Ellen Constance Stephenson Siggard. The oldest of eight children, Wilma learned to work hard from a young age, helping on the family fruit farm and caring for her younger siblings including Derral (Janis) Siggard, Keith Siggard, Connie (Glenn, deceased) Davis, Paul (Geniel) Siggard, Catherine (Arlen) Grimshaw, Joe (Jennie) Siggard and Nina (Mike) Sharp.
She moved to Cedar City, Utah in June 1949 to attend college. It was there she met Frank J. Petty on a blind date. Whenever she told the story, she said Frank had his choice between two girls that night and he said he’d take whichever one was taller. She has always been grateful for her height.
Wilma and Frank are the parents of Artis (Lionel) Grady, Frank (Beth) Petty, Elizabeth (Jim, deceased) Bell, the late Clarence Petty, and David Petty. Her posterity includes 13 grandchildren and an ever-expanding number of great-grandchildren. Plus many other individuals who were welcomed into her home as family and continue to know her as “Mom” and “Grandma.”
Wilma’s role as a homemaker proved to be an incredible support to her husband and family. However, she always valued education and took a class or two each quarter for several years at Southern Utah State College until 1985 when she received a Bachelor of Science, Family Life degree.
Music was always an important part of Wilma’s life. She learned to play the violin at a young age and was involved in a number of singing groups throughout the years.
Wilma actively supported her husband’s involvements, while earning well-deserved praise as an excellent seamstress and cook. She provided her family with weekly homemade bread and formal Sunday dinners and was known for making award-winning quilts. Together with her husband she made hundreds of baby buntings to give as gifts. It was just one of the ways she showed her devotion, friendship and willingness to serve.
Wilma was an active participant in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, doing everything from teaching scouts to leading the music and serving as a Primary president and college stake Relief Society president. She served as president of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and supported and travelled with her husband during his time on the State of Utah Board of Regents and as part of the National Association of Postmasters.
Together Wilma and Frank travelled the globe and touched the lives of many, but it was time spent with family, friends and loved ones that created the most important memories for them.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 12 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 West, Cedar City). Viewings will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 6:30–7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:30–11:30 a.m., both at Southern Utah Mortuary. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.
The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the caring staff at Brookdale Senior Living Cedar City, especially the CNAs in the memory care unit, and to the excellent support provided by Applegate Hospice in Cedar City.