Claudia McLaughlin Wilkinson, of Powell, Ohio, born October 5, 1938, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 4, 2013.
She was predeceased by her parents, Dolf and Sylvia McLaughlin. She is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Kenneth J. Wilkinson; her children, Jennifer (Ronald Smith), Paul (Kate) and John (Bonny Claxton); and her six beloved grandchildren, Kenneth, Claudia, Wesley, Ann, Parker and Calla; and her brother, D. Thomas McLaughlin (Rosemary) also survives her.
Claudia was born in Widen, W.Va. and raised in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Akron (B.A., member of Alpha Delta Pi) and The Ohio State University
(M.A. and PhD.) Claudia was a dedicated and skilled educator. She taught in Pennsylvania prior to the birth of her children and then had a distinguished teaching career with the Westerville and Dublin schools, from which she retired as a guidance counselor. Along with her commitment to family and education, Claudia was devoted to her faith. A life-long Presbyterian, she served as an elder and in various other capacities at the Worthington Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of Scioto Valley. She was committed to the mission of the church, particularly to education and women's ministry. She was also an active member of PEO. Claudia was a loving, caring person who was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. TUESDAY at the RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME AT POWELL, 450 West Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065 (614)-792-1471. (The funeral home is located on W. Olentangy St./Powell Rd./SR 750 ¼ mile east of Sawmill Parkway.) A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013 at the WORTHINGTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 773 High St., Worthington, OH 43085. Graveside Services will be held 1 p.m. THURSDAY at Rose Hill Cemetery, Akron, Ohio. Memorial gifts may be made to Worthington Presbyterian Church, designated to Presbyterian Women United mission projects. Please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com
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