Carmen J. Wilks, 79

Posted on June 27, 2013

Carmen Justice Wilks, 79, passed away on June 24, 2013, in Warren.
She was born in Marion on Nov. 12, 1933, to Enos and Olive (Heal) Justice. She is survived by four children, including sons Doug (Tia) Wilks, Brad (Gardi) Wilks, and Ron (Dawn) Wilks; and daughter Pam (Michael) Walcott; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She has three surviving siblings, Sam (Sandra) Justice, Warren Justice, and Carol (David) Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Donald Wilks and a sister, Reverend Charlotte (Chuck) Saleska.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Upland, and a Master’s degree from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne. For many years she taught school at Adams Central in Monroe and over the course of her life was involved in numerous volunteer activities in communities across Indiana including Dunkirk, Richmond, Wabash, Monroe, Union City, Jimtown, and Berne, where she also served on many United Methodist church and conference committees.
She was a well-known writer for the Berne Tri-Weekly, where she chronicled the lives of many interesting residents of Adams County.
She was a gifted artist, and will be remembered for her compassionate, loving, and giving spirit; her charitable activities; her intellectual striving; her ability to inspire students through her teaching; her passion for social justice; and her outstanding roles as a mother and grandmother.
A memorial service to commemorate her life will be held at the Monroe United Methodist Church in Monroe at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.
Arrangements are being handled by Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
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