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Wilma Jean McCloskey Willy, 89, Delphi, died at 7:50 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017 at White Oak Health Campus Assisted Living, Monticello.
She was born Jan. 10, 1928 in Deer Creek to the late Willard McCloskey and Rowena Campbell McCloskey Martin. After her father died, her mother remarried Charles Martin.
Her marriage was to Donald B. Willy in the Cathedral Chapel in Indianapolis on Feb. 3, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Oct 3, 2016.
She graduated from Deer Creek High School in 1946. She graduated from Wedekind Beauty School in Logansport in 1946.
From 1955 to 1990 she had her own beauty shop in her home. While growing up in Deer Creek, she attended Hopewell Presbyterian Church. She was a deacon and very active member at First Presbyterian Church in Delphi, where she taught Sunday school, helped with funeral dinners, helped serve the monthly senior meal and volunteered in the Clothes Closet, a thrift shop for those in need. She was active with the Aim High Home Ec Club.
She and her husband were on the board of directors of Camp Tecumseh. They enjoyed square dancing and played in their euchre card club. They always went on a family vacation and she enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband on REMC trips. She was an avid reader and loved to cook. She dearly loved her family and all of the gatherings they had together. That was her joy in life.
Surviving are daughters, Diane and Brad Baker of Monticello and Denise and Jeff Craig of Delphi; son, Doug and Stephanie Willy of Delphi; sister, Jenny Appleton of Savanah, Georgia; brother, Eddie McCloskey of Naples, Florida; grandchildren, Jessica and Mike Shea, Kodi Baker, Jenna and Kyle Richardson, Chad Willy, Portia Willy, Tim Brummett and Tara and Matt Welches; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Fulton.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Abbott Funeral Home, Delphi. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Delphi with the Rev. Ed Selvidge and Father Robert Williams officiating. She will lie in state one hour prior to the funeral. Burial will be at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church and White Oak Health Campus. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. www.abbottfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 30, 2017
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