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Charleen M. Wilkinson


1924 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Beloved mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother
Charleen Miller Wilkinson was born in Junction City, Kan., April 29, 1924, and was raised there, and peacefully passed away July 10, 2008, of Alzheimer's. She was one of five children born to Charles and Elizabeth Miller. She attended Stephens College in Missouri and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in pharmacy. Charleen practiced for over 40 years in New Mexico and Colorado the same profession as her father and grandfather before retiring.
Charleen met her first husband, Bill Zimmerle, in pharmacy school, married soon after graduating and then raised three children, settling in Cloudcroft and Alamogordo, managing and owning several pharmacies. After the death of her husband, Bill, she remarried to John Joe Wilkinson, attorney-at-law, of Alamogordo. They continued to raise their then six children, moving to Monument, Colo., in 1971. In 1974, they moved to Steamboat Springs, where they both semi-retired. In 1990 they retired permanently in Leisure World, Mesa, Ariz. John Joe and Charleen enjoyed traveling and visited many countries, including Australia and New Zealand to name a couple. John Joe preceded Charleen in death in 2001.
Throughout her life, Charleen remained active in civic organizations - PEO, Rotary, playing piano and organ in church, singing in choirs including the Leisure World Chorus, painting, traveling and holding a private pilot's license for a while. Her love of life and family held her family together, and she transcended this will to all of those she loved.
She is survived by six children, Marian Wilkinson, of Greeneville, Tenn.; Klad Zimmerle and wife, Linda, of La Luz; Joe Wilkinson and wife, Karen, of Hurst, Texas; Kristin Benjamin and husband, Greg, of Parker, Colo.; Kary Zimmerle, of Grand Junction, Colo.; and Michael Wilkinson and wife, Jill, of Durango, Colo.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A family celebration of her life was held in Denver. Charleen's ashes will be interred, next to her husband, John Joe, at Red Mountain United Methodist Church, Mesa, Ariz. Memorials may be made to Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite B430, Denver, CO 80231 or Living Waters Transplant Foundation, P.O. Box 7277, Denver, CO 80207.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 21 to Oct. 5, 2008
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