Madaline Wilhelm, daughter of the late Harold Fern and Minnie Pearl Owens Thomas, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 10, 1924, and passed away at Dexter, Missouri on September 18, 2014, at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 8 days.
She had lived in St. Louis, Kansas City and Pacific Grove, California before returning to Puxico in 1946. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Puxico, the Southeast Missouri China Painters, a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #7822 and the Thursday Culture Club. She had been a clerk in the Puxico Post Office, Postmaster at Clarkton and had been the clerk for the city of Puxico. She graduated from Puxico High School and from Three Rivers Community College with an AA degree.
On July 17, 1946, she was married to Dean Wilhelm in Pocahontas, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on October 11, 1997.
Surviving are three daughters and husbands, Cathy & Nelson Oakley of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Nancy Wilhelm of Cape Girardeau, Tammy & Tom Street of Bloomfield; and one granddaughter, Lee Miller of Puxico. Other relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by one brother, Mitchell Thomas and one sister, Julia Williams.
Graveside Funeral services will be held on Sunday September 21, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Puxico Cemetery in Puxico, Missouri with Rev. Wayne Burchett of Puxico officiating.
Interment will follow in the Puxico Cemetery in Puxico, Missouri with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Puxico in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Puxico Ministerial Alliance, c/o Glen Epps, 502 W Richardson, Puxico MO 63960.