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Wilma Lee (Minton) Kimmel

September 4, 1930 ~ July 13, 2019 (age 88)

Wilma Lee (Minton) Kimmel, 88, passed from this life and went to be with the Lord at 6:45 A.M. July 13, 2019 at her home with her family beside her.

A Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 A.M. with Mr. Randy Sells officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 P.M. at Murdale Gardens in Murphysboro, Illinois.

Wilma was born September 4, 1930 in Alto Pass, Illinois, the daughter of the late Tiff Allen and Marie Elda (Bridgeman) Minton. She married Ardell Wright Kimmel on August 12, 1951 in Murphysboro, Illinois. They were blessed with 60 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on December 24, 2011.

In addition to her husband and parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her sister, Bonita (Minton) Pinkerton; and grandsons, Nathaniel and Jeremy Honnold.

Wilma is survived by her son, Phillip Kimmel; daughters, Donna Honnold and husband, Keith, and Beckie Johnson; granddaughters, Heather Honnold and husband, Mike Thacker, Kristen Shelton and husband, Christopher; two great-grandsons, Nash and Titus Shelton; and several nieces and nephews.

Wilma worked for Mount Vernon City Schools District #80 for 20 years as a building secretary at Edison Grade School and Dr. Andy Hall Grade School. She was an active and faithful member of Central Christian Church. Wilma was a member of Trendsetters Home Extension and Jefferson County Historical Society. She was a past member of Rend Lake Piecemakers Quilt Club and Herbs for Health and Fun. She also volunteered as a 4-H leader for many years.

Wilma was a talented seamstress and did many types of needle crafts. She was always very eager to give her creations to others. Wilma’s gift of hospitality, generous spirit, warm smile, and Christian influence will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Memorials may be made in Wilma’s honor to the Central Christian Church Food Pantry.

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