Mary Jo Wise was born on March 13, 1949 in Dalhart, TX to Joseph B. Wise and
Virginia M. Urioste Wise. She lived her younger years in Alton, Illinois attending
Marquette Catholic Schools, and then later Alton High School. She had numerous
friends from Alton and kept current with many. In 1969 the family moved to Boise
City, Oklahoma and this is where Mary Jo spent the rest of her life until 2003
when she then moved to Altus, Oklahoma to be close to her mother.
In August of 2019, suffering from a chronic illness, Mary Jo moved into Advanced
Rehab of Vernon where she peacefully passed away on October 27, 2020.
Mary Jo worked hard all her life and started employment years at Olin
Ammunition Factory in Alton, Illinois making cartridges for the Vietnam War, and
later at Beverley Farms which is a private entity for special needs adults. She
worked at several businesses in Boise City such as the Townsman Restaurant,
Shamrock Cafe and at Cimarron Memorial Hospital as a Nurse Aide for several
years in the 1980s where she enjoyed taking care of her patients. She then
worked at Moore’s grocery store for many years while running the Branding Iron
Bar. She never met a stranger. She was well known, and most people will
remember her for her loving, and “always willing to help” nature and big, friendly
Mary Jo loved her family and loved being around them and watching them grow
up. She is survived by her sister, Jill Vianco & husband Michael Vianco of Altus,
Oklahoma; her 3 children, 2 boys and a girl listed from youngest to oldest: Son
Craig Lee Wait & wife Haley from Boise City, Oklahoma; daughter Kelly Joan Wise
from Lubbock, Texas, and son Sean Wren & wife Seanna from Terre Haute,
Indiana; and 3 grandchildren listed youngest to oldest: Brooklyn Wait, Colton
Wait, Blake Aguilar: and one niece Laci Jo Baker & husband Brady and children,
Jaxton, Kason, and Madilyn Jill, all of Altus, OK. Mary Jo also was very close to all
of her extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She loved her family dearly.
She is preceded in death by her father Joseph B. Wise, Her mother Virginia M.
Wise, her oldest grandchild Chauncey Craig Aguilar, and her beloved bulldog,
Graveside service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 at Kenton Cemetery.
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