HANOVER Maria R. (Cruz) Wilkinson, 77, of Utz Terrace, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Hanover Hospital. She was the loving wife of David R. Wilkinson. Together they shared over 55 years of marriage. Maria was born in Sabana, Puerto Rico, and was a longtime resident of Pennsylvania prior to moving to Utz Terrace in Hanover. When she was younger she was a beauty queen in Philadelphia. She loved to cook and share that love with family and many friends. She had a passion for the Special Olympics, but her greatest joy was her love for the Lord. She lived each day exuding this love by her warm smile and gentle hugs. She was also a member of St. David's Lutheran Church in Hanover. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Debbie Middendorf of Taneytown, Md., and Edith Wennick of Boonsboro, Md.; her son, David F. Wilkinson of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; and her sister, Carmen Cruz of Puerto Rico. A funeral service in celebration of her life will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. David's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1032 Musselman Road, Hanover 17331 with Pastor LaDonna Thomas officiating. A viewing will be held on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held privately by the family. Family services are under the direction of Irwin-Beck Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc. of Spring Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. David's Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund, c/o Maria M. Wilkinson Memorial, 1032 Musselman Road, Hanover, PA 17331. Condolences may be shared at www.irwinbeck.com
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Published in Evening Sun on Mar. 22, 2014