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Nita Wilkinson

October 3, 1941 ~ June 22, 2019 (age 77)

Nita Wilkinson, age 77, of Highlands, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Baytown, TX.  She had a severe hemorrhagic stroke resulting in her remaining in a coma until her passing. Nita Wilkinson was born in Houston, Texas, on October 3, 1941 to Percy Theodore Wilkinson and Eva Juanita Faulk Wilkinson.  She loved archaeology, history, reading, traveling, teaching, singing, and being with friends and family.  Nita could be considered strong-willed at times, only because of her deep Christian love and devotion to all; but, she was also a kind, loving and caring person, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Nita graduated in 1960 from Reagan High School, Houston, Texas; she went on to receive a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, and is a proud member of the SHSU alumni.  She attended Brigham Young University, Provost, Utah, for a year where she majored in Archaeology, and was a founding member of the Baptist Student Union at BYU.  She also founded the Girls’ Auxiliary at the Southern Baptist church in Provost during that time. Following college, Nita was hired by Exxon as a secretary, and later moved on to work for Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation for an additional 18 years.  She was an active member and held offices in the Desk & Derrick Club of Houston, a petroleum club for women in the industry.  After an early retirement from Texas Eastern, she began teaching school in the Baytown, Texas, area until retirement. Nita was faithful and dedicated to her Lord as an active member in her church, First Baptist Highlands, Highlands, Texas.  She also enjoyed her memberships and activities in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, both in the former Highlands David Huffman Chapter-DRT, and then the Houston Miss Ima Hogg Chapter-DRT.  She held offices in both DRT chapters.  In addition, she was a member of the Texas Archaeological Society and participated in several archaeological digs.  She also enjoyed her years and held offices in the Highlands Book Club Review; she was a former Pilot Club member; and a long-time member of the Woodmen of the World Fraternity. Ms. Wilkinson is preceded in death by her parents; and her former brother-in-law George Mack Archer.  She is survived by her brother Robert Theodore (Ted) Wilkinson and wife Janis; her sister Alice Juanice Wilkinson Archer Burroughs and husband Gary; nephew Mark Jones and wife Bettina; nieces:  Melody Jones Krapf and domestic partner Sherri Vlach; Chrystal Rae Jones Almeida and former husband Victor; Barbie Archer-Burroughs Wallace and husband Matt; April Wilkinson Maestas and former husband Ernie; and Debbie Archer-Burroughs Grothe and husband Jimmy Lee; great-nephews:  Trent Grothe; Victor Almeida, Driston Grothe and wife Shea; and Jacob Maestas; great-nieces: Jana Birckbichler and husband Brian; Kimberly Krapf Thompson and husband Joe; Ambyr Wallace; Alexus Wallace; Christina Almeida; Amanda Maestas; Jessyka Little and husband Jake; Chrystal Brush and husband Tyler; great-great nieces:  Alexandra Krapf Thompson; Margaret Krapf Thompson; Jazmineann Robinson; Syrenitee Brush; Amelia Birckbichler; and Carter Stark.  She is also survived by other relatives and many friends. A visitation for family and friends will be held at Sterling-White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, TX, on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by Funeral Services in Sterling-White Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Sterling-White Cemetery; and arrangements are entrusted to Sterling-White Funeral Home, 11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd., Highlands, TX 77562.  To offer condolences to the family, please visit  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to First Baptist Highlands, 210 N. Magnolia, Highlands, TX 77562 or online at

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