Wilma Carnes

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SIDNEY — Wilma E. Carnes, age 91, of Sidney, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Dorothy Love Retirement Center surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 2, 1923, in Sidney, to the late Ferris and Margaret (Rhodehammel) Elliott. On Oct. 1, 1943, she married Joseph Edward Carnes Sr., who preceded her in death on March 18, 2001 after 58 years of marriage.

She is survived by her six children, Thomas L. Carnes (Paulette), of Guyton, Georgia, Barbara E. Hull, of Sidney, Joseph E. Carnes Jr., (Maria), of Streamwood, Illinois, Rose Mary Allen (Denny), of Lindale, Georgia, James A. Carnes (Dawn), of Sidney, and Hazel L. Hubble (Chris), of Sidney. She is also survived by her numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Alice Elliott, Wanita Elliott Weber, and her brothers, Robert "Bud" Elliott (WWII), Lester Elliott, Glen Elliott, and survived by her brother, Phillip "Pete" Elliott of Tipp City, Ohio, and sister, Phyllis "Perky" Elliott Hawkey of Cecil, Ohio.

Preceding her in death was her grandson, Tom Gates, and great-granddaughter, Kailey Short.

Wilma was a graduate of Sidney High School class of 1941. She retired from Copeland Corporation after 35 years of dedicated service. She also worked at Monarch Machine for two years after graduation during World War II oil lining gear boxes for lathes used to make guns for the war effort. She walked six days per week to Monarch Machine from her home at the corner of North Broadway and Russell Road and then walked home. She recalled often redoing work of others until she was told "That's not your job."

She did volunteer work at Wilson Memorial Hospital in the Chaplain's office and at Adult Daycare of Shelby County under Ruth Burnside for many years of faithful service. She always thought of this as her "job."

Wilma was a member of the Volley Ball team at the Adult Day Care. She also helped clean her church. This brought her much joy.

She was a faithful church member of Word of Life Ministries (formerly Christian Tabernacle) which she dearly loved her church family.

Wilma moved to Dorothy Love Retirement Community in November 2010 where she made many friends. Her favorite activity was playing Bingo with her good friends, Jack Hines, Inez Hugeback, and Esther Baldwin as well as the other wonderful residents of Dorothy Love. She enjoyed having her meals each day with her good friends, Margaret Johnson and Lena Laughlin. She loved the Lord and would never hesitate to share His Word with others.

She not only spoke of her faith but she truly walked her faith each day of her life. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at noon at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with the Rev. Harold McKnight officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Point Cemetery.

Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral at noon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Word of Life Ministries, 451 Second Ave., Sidney, OH 45365 in Wilma's memory.

Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, Ohio, has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2015