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Wilma L. Hase

Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:14 am

Wilma L. Hase, 93, of Mexico, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Boone Hospital Center where she had been a patient for a short time.

Funeral Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at Arnold Funeral Home with burial following in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Visitation was from 12:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Mrs. Hase was born July 8, 1929, to William Lewis and Louise Dye in Audrain County.  After graduating from Mexico High School, Mrs. Hase worked at Badaracco Appliance in Mexico, and later worked for Missouri Division of Employment and Security for more than 35 years as a claims/benefit technician.

Family and friends described her as friendly, determined, and professional.  Wilma’s persistence will be her legacy to women as she won a US Supreme Court Case in 1992 for gender discrimination against the state of Missouri. Wilma enjoyed spending time with her family, listening to her late husband, Bill, sing, listening to and strengthening her faith, and demonstrated a strong appreciation for art.   Mrs. Hase enjoyed being actively involved at The First Christian Church, serving as deaconess, Audrain Medical Center as a volunteer and past president of the Auxiliary.   Mrs. Hase was also a member of Mexico Red Hat Society, Mexico Business Professionals and Women’s Association, American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years, Mexico Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and AARP.

Wilma Hase is survived by a daughter, Barbara Adams (Randy D) of Centralia; son, Keith Benskin (Diane) of Lewisville, Texas; three step-sons, Randy Hase (Linda) of St. George Utah, Allan Hase (Cindy) Ft. Myers, Florida and Gayle Hase (Judy) of Carabell, Florida; and two grandchildren, Kristin Adams-Vargas (Tom) and Darren Adams (Michelle) all of Centralia.  In addition, four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Olivia, Avery, and Alden Adams all of Centralia; and two step-grandchildren, Taylor Hase Brickford of Denver and Guy Hase of Bonita Springs, Florida. Caregiver, Pam Kirk who faithfully and lovingly served Mrs. Hase for over two years.

Mrs. Hase is preceded in death by her loving husband, William L. (Bill) Hase; step-son, William Hase, Jr.; sister, Francis Pickle; mother, Louise Sumpter; Carl Sumpter and William Lewis.

Memorial donations may be made to Missouri Veterans Home. They may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson St., Mexico, MO 65265.

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