Dr. Wilma Sherwin, 92, of Lynchburg, Virginia, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Lynchburg.
She was born July 26, 1922, in the family home near Patterson, to Jesse Lee and Rebecca Elva Killebrew Sherwin.
She is survived by nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and a grand-nephew and their spouses in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her four siblings; two brothers, John L. and Jesse E. and their spouses of rural Patterson; and two sisters, Mary Elva Butcher and her husband of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Winifred Sherwin of Glasgow.
Dr. Sherwin spent a lifetime in the field of education, graduating from White Hall High School in 1940. She completed her college education with an earned doctorate in medieval English literature from the University of Illinois in 1959. She taught at every level of schooling from a one-room country school near Greenfield, second grade at Winchester Elementary to high school to college. Her longest teaching tenures were at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she retired in 1993.
She was known for her love of foreign travel, family history and antiques. Wilma spent her lifetime supporting many mission organizations. Retirement gave her more time to cultivate her vegetable garden, take long walks around her property and participate in a sewing circle that crafted quilts to be distributed to needy people in other countries.
Visitation for Wilma will be 6-7 p.m. Monday with a service celebrating her life and witness to follow at 7 p.m. at Whitten Timberlake Chapel in Lynchburg, Virginia.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester. Burial will be at Glasgow Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the
Condolences may be sent to www.airsman-hires.com
Coonrod Funeral Home
107 East Cross Street
Winchester, IL 62694
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Aug. 11, 2014