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Wilma Geraldine (Stapleton) Schramm
April 6, 1940 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
Wilma Geraldine Stapleton Schramm, aged 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 03, 2024, in the beautiful state of Tennessee which she dearly loved. Wilma’s life was marked by her vibrant spirit, unwavering kindness, and the profound impact she had on those around her.
Born on April 6, 1940, in Morristown, Tennessee, Wilma was the beloved daughter of William Harvey Stapleton and Daisy Mae Morrison. A lifelong learner and educator at heart, Wilma’s academic journey began in Morristown, where she attended high school, that nurtured her passion for knowledge and community service. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee and furthered her studies with a master’s degree in education from the University of Brockport in New York State.
Wilma’s life was enriched by her marriage to Mohamed F. Abouelata, with whom she shared the joy of having their son, Harvey M. Abouelata. Despite their divorce, they remained committed to co-parenting and shared a deep respect for each other.
In Rochester, New York, Wilma became a notable figure in educational innovation, teaching at the experimental Kirk Road Elementary School and other institutions including Paddy Hill Elementary School, Hoover Drive Junior High School, and Athena Middle School. Her innovative teaching methods and dedication to student success left a lasting impact.
The 1980's brought joy into her life with the meeting of Peter M. Schramm, her second husband. Their love for travel, especially to the Caribbean, enriched their lives deeply. Wilma’s creative soul found joy in painting, pottery, and her role as a bartender at Sammy’s Bar and Grill. She was also a talented performing artist, with a beautiful voice and skill at the piano.
In 1995, Wilma and Peter moved back to East Tennessee to be closer to her son and his family. They embraced their roles as grandparents, actively participating in their grandchildren’s lives.
Surviving Wilma are her son, Harvey M. Abouelata; daughter-in-law, Kristin B. Abouelata; granddaughters, Sophia B. Abouelata and Natalie S. Abouelata; and predeceased by her parents, sibling Marion Stapleton Pickle and husband Peter M. Schramm.
The service will be a small private family service in Morristown, Tennessee. In memory of Wilma, instead of sending flowers, she would have wanted us to spread joy by giving flowers to someone we love with her parting words, “Enjoy!”
Life is fleeting, a precious journey to be cherished in every moment. And as Wilma often reminded us, “Enjoy!”
Allen Funeral Home, Morristown, Tennessee is in charge of Arrangements.