It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of our loving wife, mother, MeeMaw, sister, and aunt Emita Ann Whicker (née Day) on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at the age of 71 years in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born in Ada, Oklahoma, on February 3, 1949 to J.L. Day and Ruth Vivian Day (née Whitaker), Emita attended W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, after which she gave birth to her first three children Tate Rischard, Tamala Mischelle, and Travis Roice Beaufeaux. Spending a brief time in Minnesota where she tragically lost her infant daughter Tamala, Emita moved back to Corpus Christi, where she met the love of her life, Joel Whicker. Emita and Joel married on December 3, 1977. Their daughter, Kasaundra Whicker, was born in 1979 and shortly thereafter they moved to Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Emita led a life of service to others as a caregiver for the elderly; as well as to God by her and Joel providing audio assistance for worship services, fellowship, and other events at the Assembly of God Church of Wynnewood. They also served as custodians of the church. They continued to be active in the Assembly of God Church in Wynnewood for many years, then moved to Oklahoma City following the untimely death of her beloved son, Travis, in 2000. Emita spent the remainder of her life in the Oklahoma City area, where she and Joel lived close to her remaining children and grandchildren.
The family celebrates Emita’s life, knowing that she is now at peace, and surrounded by her family and friends who have previously passed. Emita is pre-deceased by her parents J.L. and Ruth Day; two of her beloved children, Tamala Mischelle and Travis Roice Beaufeaux, as well as her loving sister Valene Ray (née Day). Emita is survived by her devoted husband Joel Whicker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her brothers Harly Day (Karen) of Corpus Christi, Texas and Truitt Day (Debbie) of Calallen, Texas; son Tate Beaufeaux (Sheila) of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and daughter Kasaundra Whicker of Oklahoma City; as well as her grandchildren Bret Beaufeaux of New York, New York; Trenton Beaufeaux of Denton, Texas; Travis and Carter Ryan of Oklahoma City; and Jasper Beaufeaux of Choctaw, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Arrangements for cremation were under the direction of Oklahoma City Cremation in accordance with Emita’s wishes. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service at a later date and posted when available. Her family would also like to thank the countless doctors, surgeons, nurses, attendants, and hospice care providers who supported her in her final days. We rest easy knowing that you made her as comfortable as possible as she left this life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or The National Kidney Foundation in Emita’s name.