Donna Belle Wilkins, 87, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday evening, February 23, 2013 at Logan Acres Care Center. She was born in Marysville on February 25, 1925 to the late William and Catheryn (Dunham) Lucas. She married George W. Wilkins on July 1, 1944 in Columbus and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1994. Donna was also preceded in death by a brother Albert L. Lucas and sisters Beulah McColloch, Wilma Robson and Emma Stout.
Donna was a member of the Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church and the West Mansfield Kings Daughters. With her husband, they 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.
Donna is survived by her children: Lawrence P. (Sharon) Wilkins of Indianapolis, Bradford C. (Sherry) Wilkins of Bellefontaine, George W. (Jennifer) Wilkins of Bellefontaine, Donn N. (Sheila) Wilkins of Alexandria, Virginia and James E. (Julie) Wilkins of Findlay, Ohio; 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; 9 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, 6 sisters: Mary Dearwester of Bellefontaine, Joanne Liles of Belle Center, Shirley Sargent of Grants Pass, Oregon, Florence Curtis of Toledo, Sharon Deardorff of Rushsylvania, and H. Kay Taylor of Bellefontaine; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, 321 N. Main St. Bellefontaine on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:30am.
Memorial contributions may be made to The United Methodist Women in care of First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Main St. Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.