Wilma L. Wilson, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Sunday, June 2, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Pastor Deb Somerville officiating and Pastor Greg Groves. Interment will be private in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Greenville Free Methodist Church Friday, June 7, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Methodist Church or the Simple Room. Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Wilma was born August 19, 1931 to the late Herman and Beth Williams Baker of Marion, Indiana. Wilma and Jim married on August 19, 1953 at the College Wesleyan Methodist Church in Marion. She completed three years of her college education at Marion College, Marion, IN and earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Wilma and Jim moved to Greenville, IL in September of 1957 when Jim joined the music faculty of Greenville College. During that time Wilma taught Elementary Music in Bond County. After the birth of both of their daughters, she joined the faculty of Hillsboro, IL, where she remained until her retirement in 1993. Jim and Wilma were active in the music ministry of the local Free Methodist Church, where they served for 25 years. Wilma served as organist at the Presbyterian Church of Greenville for 26 years. She was also a member of Baroque Folk, a recorder group affiliated with the Vandalia State House, from 1994 to 2014. She played the tenor and soprano recorders and the harpsichord. Family, travel, reading and attending concerts have been her special joys.
Wilma is survived by her husband, James Edward Wilson (88). Wilma and Jim have two children: Carol Ann Wilson (Al Shoultz) of Scurry TX, and Mary Beth Harper (Todd Harper) of Ballwin, MO. Their grandchildren are Elizabeth Lee Shoultz of Fayetteville, AR, Andrew Evans Shoultz of Scurry, TX, and Connor James Harper of Ballwin, MO. Wilma is preceded by her sister Eleanor (Baker) Robinson.
Wilma was a loving, supportive, and gracious Christian woman. She exemplified the best examples of dedication, integrity, faithfulness and learning. Her music skill was exceptional in both piano and organ, and she used her gifts to minister for hundreds of church services, concerts, children’s choirs, weddings and funerals. She assisted in preparing children’s music for Lillenas Publishing Company. She arranged numerous choral pieces. Her family is so thankful to have had such a wonderful wife and mother. Wilma memorized scriptures throughout her life and passed on that tradition to her family. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7