Marvis Louise Gay Wilburn

April 4, 1925 - April 2, 2024


Marvis Louise Gay Wilburn was born in West Greene, Alabama, to Irving and Audrey Burton Gay on April 4, 1925. Known affectionately as “Meme” or “Aunt Sissy” by so many relatives, she will be remembered for her compassionate heart, caring, loving, giving, and thoughtfulness. One of her greatest joys was sending birthday cards to relatives and friends. She was a grocery store worker for many years before entering the nursing profession in 1966. This was a dream come true from the young age of fifteen. She retired in 1990. Marvis loved volunteering her time, such as serving on her church’s Bereavement Committee, cooking and baking desserts. Her hobbies were painting, crocheting, quilting, cooking, canning, and gardening. Only recently, we learned that she enjoyed writing poetry that started as a young girl on the farm. Marvis was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dewral “Bud” on September 25, 1995, after 52 years of marriage; twin sister Margaret; brothers Roy, Clyde, James and Irvin; sister Mary Elizabeth.
She is survived by sons Alfred Wilburn and Robert Alton Wilburn. Grandchildren Brett Wilburn; Keith Wilburn (Hope) and great-grandchildren Jonathan, Justin, Braden and Lily, and great-great granddaughter Salem; Todd Wilburn (Joni) and great-grandchildren Amber and Brooke and great-great grandson Eli. Many nieces and nephews. Marvis asked that relatives, friends, and neighbors be thanked and recognized for their many years of help and assistance that enabled her to live independently in her home until age 92. Thank you to the wonderful caregivers and staff at Reagan County Care Center for their loving care and kindness. And to the doctors and medical staff at Reagan County Hospital, who gave care to her many times.
Visitation will be at First Baptist Church, Big Lake, Texas, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM.
Interment will be at the Glen Rest Cemetery Pavilion immediately after the funeral.
The service will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube at First Baptist Church Big Lake Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 459, Big Lake, TX 76932.