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Mary Wilkins, 91, of Linden, died at Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis.
She was born on the family homestead by her parents, Myrtle and Homer Ward, lifetime farmers. Mary graduated from Linden High School in 1941. She then worked for one year at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. She graduated from Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in home economics. She participated in a national sewing competition through Ward-Belmont, winning Honorable Mention in 1945. Her suit was displayed in the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. She then attended Purdue University. She married Clint K Wilkins on August 9th, 1947 and continued with her love of sewing when she designed her own wedding gown out of a silk WWII parachute carried by Clint during the war. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of the Linden Kirkpatrick United Methodist Church. She loved being a member of many clubs, including Crawfordsville Art League for 50 years, Methodist Women's Club, the Indiana Library Association, and a life member of both the Linden Women's Club and the Linden Railroad Museum. She was a librarian at the Linden Carnegie Public Library for 14 years and loved the children.
She enjoyed homemaking, gardening, and time with her children and grandchildren.
Surviving are a daughter, Belinda Mae Wilkins, Linden, sons Ward K. (Lorraine) Wilkins, Lafayette, and C.K. (Delinda) Wilkins, New Richmond; three grandchildren, Camella Wilkins, Crawfordsville, Hannah Runnels, Fort Collins, Colorado, Kelly Wilkins, Lafayette, and four stepchildren Brittany McCloud, Crawfordsville, Hilary Grote, Crawfordsville, Tashney Moseley, Clarks Hill, Joshua Meharry, Flora.
The Memorial Service is being held at Linden United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 1st with calling at 3pm and Memorial Service at 4pm. Private service at gravesite with immediate family to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to the
, Linden Public Library, and Linden United Methodist Church.
Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from May 30 to June 1, 2014