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March 8, 2014

Wilma King Heckelsberg

TERRE HAUTE — Wilma King Heckelsberg, 83, of Littleton, Colo., died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She was born in Burnett, Ind., on Aug. 31, 1930, to the late William and Lela King. Wilma graduated from State High School in Terre Haute. She married the late Bob Heckelsberg in 1950, and they lived together in Terre Haute, before relocating to Houston, Memphis, Tenn., and Columbus, Miss. Wilma’s final residence was Littleton, Colo.

Wilma dedicated her life to raising her children and to serving her community. In addition to her employment at Palais Royal and Helen of Memphis, she volunteered at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus, where she was honored with the Hospital Volunteer of the Year Award for the state of Mississippi in 1996. Wilma served as an elementary school volunteer tutor; knitted innumerable hats, scarves and lap blankets for school children and home-bound elderly; and traveled to area nursing homes with the Wednesday Morning Singers of St. James Presbyterian Church of Littleton, where she was actively involved.

She was blessed by her three children, Duane Heckelsberg (Kay) of Houston, Jean Chernosky (Al) of Littleton and Linda Reyle (Cliff) of Memphis; and her seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Wilma also is survived by one of her two sisters, Meryl Gilmour.

At Wilma’s request, memorial and burial services will be private and attended by family members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. James Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund at: www.sjpres.org

 

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