Effingham Daily News
---- — Wilma Eileen Pickens, 89, of rural Wheeler, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Friday, May 10, 2013, at Newton Rest Haven, Newton.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton, with Dale Hood and Mike Knepper officiating. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Newton. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, May 13, at the funeral home. In loving memory of Wilma, memorials may be made to Central Christian Church, Newton. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.
Wilma was born July 15, 1923, in rural Wheeler, the daughter of William and Nellie (Tarr) Bryan. She married Arthus Clarence “Art” Pickens on Sept. 24, 1940, in Newton, and he survives.
Wilma worked as an inspector in an ammunition plant in Aurora during World War II. After the war, she and Art traveled and lived in many places while Art worked on the pipeline. They returned to the Wheeler area, where they farmed together for many years.
Wilma was a faithful member of Central Christian Church, Newton, and the Royal Neighbors of America. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening and canning. Art called her the “best cook in Jasper County and probably state of Illinois.”
Wilma is survived by her husband of 72 years, Art Pickens of Wheeler; three children, Stephen (Barbara Jean) Pickens of Wichita, Kan., Jeanette (Mike) Lambird of Lake Forest, Calif., and A.C. (Evon) Pickens of Wheeler; six grandchildren, Becky Freshour of Wichita, Kan., Bonnie Zimmer of Overland Park, Kan., Bryan Lambird of Culver City, Calif., Jill Tremblay of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Abby Drwecki of Arvada, Colo., and Clay Pickens of Olney; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Dale (Beverly) Bryan of Atlanta; and sister, Dorothy Robards of Newton.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents.
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