Dot, as friends called her, was born in Chattanooga, Oklahoma on Sept. 8, 1927, to Johnny Orman and Lottia V. Parks.
She married John David “J.D.” Wilson on Sept. 15, 1947 in Big Spring, Texas. They were married for 63 years until his death in 2011. One of her treasured possessions was a card the couple received from then-President Bill Clinton acknowledging their 50th wedding anniversary. As J.D. was working in the oil business, they made their home in Bowie, Texas and Farmington, New Mexico before moving to Moab in 1962. Following J.D.’s death, she lived with her daughter in Fayetteville, Arkansas until her death.
In Moab, she was actively involved as a Sunday school teacher and handled the treasury at Community (Baptist) Church for many years. Dot enjoyed being a housewife, mother to their daughter, Jhonnie, and throwing fun dinner parties. They were also active in the Elks Club and several bridge clubs. For several years Dot worked as a server in a local restaurant, the Sundowner, and was known to be meticulous in her job. She always loved animals, especially dachshunds.
A supportive mother, Dot enjoyed things that interested her daughter, taking Jhonnie and her friends to see Herman’s Hermits, The Who, and The Doors in concert in Salt Lake City. She helped celebrate milestones in her daughter’s life by taking a road trip to California when Jhonnie received her driving permit, touring Asia when her daughter was living in Guam, and enjoying a trip to Europe together. In her last years living with her daughter’s family, she enjoyed visiting with international students from the University of Arkansas as they included them in holiday celebrations and other special events.
Dot was, in a word, fun. She loved playing games like farkle and blackjack with family, friends, and caregivers. Playing bingo at the Fayetteville Senior Center was one of her favorite activities, as well as eating at her favorite restaurant, The Catfish Hole.
Preceded in death by her parents, sisters Eula Mae Orman, Pauline Varner, Mozelle Orr-Gardner, Adell Stewart-Hatch, Viola June Barker, and a brother, Etta Ray Orman, Dot was the last surviving sibling in her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Jhonnie Taylor, and her husband, Robert (Bob), of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandchildren Dale Taylor, and his wife, Tracey, of Springdale, Arkansas; Meagen Taylor of Greenland, Arkansas, and Jon Taylor, and his wife, Sara of Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with great-grandchildren Baylee Hall, McKenzie Taylor and Alexia Scott. She has many nieces and nephews.
Her family and friends will gather in the spring of 2019 to remember her life and spread her ashes on the beautiful La Sal Mountains, in the same spot as her husband’s.