Created on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Donna Belle Wilkins, 87, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 23, 2013, at Logan Acres Care Center.
She was born in Marysville on Feb. 25, 1925, to the late William and Catheryn Dunham Lucas.
On July 1, 1944, she married George W. Wilkins in Columbus and he preceded her in death June 6, 1994. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Albert L. Lucas; and sisters, Beulah McColloch, Wilma Robson and Emma Stout.
Donna is survived by her children, Lawrence P. (Sharon) Wilkins of Indianapolis, Bradford C. (Sherry) Wilkins and George W. (Jennifer) Wilkins, both of Bellefontaine, Donn N. (Sheila) Wilkins of Alexandria, Va., and James E. (Julie) Wilkins of Findlay; 11 grandchildren, Kelly (Chris) Correthers, Marcus Wilkins, Bo (Sheila) Wilkins, Trisha (Brian) Hawkes, Korie (Kris) Keary, Megan (Johnny) Reynolds, Vanessa Wilkins, Jackie (Rene) Nitsche, Ashton Wilkins, Rebecca Wilkins and Owen Wilkins; nine great-grandchildren, Chase Correthers, Connor Wilkins, Ashley Wilkins, Emily Hawkes, Addyson Hawkes, Eryn Hawkes, Benjamin Keary, Nolan Reynolds and Jack Nitsche; a brother, William E. Lucas of Florida; six sisters, Mary Dearwester of Bellefontaine, Joanne Liles of Belle Center, Shirley Sargent of Grants Pass, Ore., Florence Curtis of Toledo, Sharon Deardorff of Rushsylvania and H. Kay Taylor of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A member of the Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church and the West Mansfield King’s Daughters, she and her husband were caretakers at Camp Mac-O-Chee for 23 years. She retired from the Montgomery Ward store in Bellefontaine, and was associated with Odd Lots in Springfield, Shastar Rent-to-Own in Bellefontaine and Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine.
Donna loved to travel with friends and family and visited many parts of the world in those travels. Visits with friends and family events also were favorite activities for her. Specially-planned events for grandchildren were among her many talents and she created wondrous memories for those grandchildren.
A memorial service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Women in care of First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Express condolences at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.