Vonda Gayle Wakefield was born in Picher, Okla., on July 15, 1941, to Fred and Geneva Reynolds. Born three-month premature in a time when incubators were not widely available, Vonda started life by fighting for hers. Thanks to her grandmother endlessly watching over her, Vonda won her first fight and survived her premature birth.
With her father working for Southwestern Bell, her family relocated several times from Cushing to Ponca City and then an extended stay in Blackwell, Okla. where she met her life long friend Elda Lockwood.
Vonda moved to Miami, Okla. in the 11th grade and became an alumna of Miami High School in 1959.
Vonda worked at the Coleman Theatre and married Gary Williams, whom she had two sons, Greg and Brad Williams. While raising her sons, she worked for Montgomery Ward’s Department Store in Miami. She was remarried to Lynn Wakefield in 1979 and they founded Wakefield Trucking Co.
In 1987, Vonda became a mammy for the first time with the birth of her first grandson, Skylar Williams, and would continue to become a mammy with the birth of her two granddaughters, Candace and Olivia, two grandsons, Bryson and Kolin Williams, and the birth of her great-grandchildren, Thomas Williams, Chase Murphree, and Eleanor Williams. It was through her children and grandchildren that Vonda found her true devotion in life, to nurture and care for her family. Seeing her family grow and succeed brought great joy to her life. In recent years, Vonda continued her fight in life with battling health issues until on July 20, 2017, at the age of 76, Vonda went to be with her lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Vonda was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Geneva Reynolds, and her brothers, Michael and Billie Reynolds. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Tiger and husband John, three wonderful sister-in-laws Sharon and Rosanne Reynolds and Karen Krokroski, her two sons, Greg and wife Latricia, Brad and his wife Tiffany. Her grandchildren, Candace and her husband Josh Bible, Olivia and her husband Michael Murphree, Skylar and his wife Hannah, Bryson, and Kolin, and her great-grandchildren, Thomas, Chase, and Eleanor.