Marsha Jane (Kirkpatrick) Wilder (1943 - 2015)

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Marsha Jane Kirkpatrick Wilder passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, after a long and brave fight against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and complications of diverticulitis. She was guided to her heavenly home by the angels who had protected her for her entire life.
Marsha was born March 12, 1943, at Maple Avenue Hospital in DuBois. She moved at the age of 2 to Muskogee, Okla. and had always declared that city as her hometown.
During Marsha's life, she willingly moved to and lived in several cities in support of her husband's career including Muskogee, Houston, Texas, DuBois, Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Ill., and finally to Charlotte, N.C. She made friends in each city, most still considered very close. She was a strong supporter of Newcomers' Clubs everywhere she lived. While in DuBois, she served as children's librarian for several years and also volunteered at the local hospital gift shop and grill. She was an avid bowler and was a member of several leagues, the last being Raintree League. Marsha loved to garden and her flowers were the envy of the neighborhood.
To many, Marsha appeared to be a solitary woman. She did not bother others with her problems but came to the aid of her friends whenever she was needed. She was a traditional person who was very interested in her ancestry and its history. Her fifth great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War and is buried in Chester, S.C. She proudly displayed heirlooms from past generations including crocheted doilies, dish towels, quilts, handmade furniture, etc. She loved to travel and she still displayed a printer's tray filled with mementos of all the places she had visited during her life.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry of Charlotte; a brother, Roger K. Kirkpatrick of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Lisa Lockey, her husband, Mike, and granddaughters, Bethany and Hannah of Gibsonville, N.C.; son, Patrick Wilder, his wife, Teresa, and grandsons, Collin and Alex of Naperville, Ill.; and son, Jason Wilder, his wife, Amy, and granddaughters, Rachel, Riley and Reagan of Charlotte, N.C.
Honorary pallbearers are John Yager of Deerfield, Ill., Steve Dobbins of Charlotte, Dave Moulthrop of DuBois and Bob Edwards of Charlotte.
Marsha was a devout believer in God, our family's strength, inspiration and leader of conscious thought. She will be missed but referred to often and listened to from her heavenly home.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to , PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 8300 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., and officiated by Pastor Tim Baldinger.
T.H. Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family www.throbertson.com.
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Published in The Courier Express from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2015
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