Patricia L. 'Pat' Wildman

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Patricia L. "Pat" Wildman, 84, longtime resident of Martinsville, passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at the Westside Garden Plaza in Indianapolis.

Pat was born in Loogoottee on Aug. 27, 1928 to Delmar Vern and Doris Audrey (Cannon) Burress. She spent her childhood in Martin County and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1946 from Loogoottee High School. She attended Indiana University, Bloomington.

On June 20, 1948 she married Forrest Lester "Skip" Wildman. He preceded her in death on April 6, 2008. In the early 1950s, she and Forrest moved to Illinois, where they remained until moving to Martinsville in 1964.

She worked at JCPenney in Martinsville throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s and later became the bookkeeper for Dalton's Hardware and the Morgan County Public Library for many years. In the early 1990s she retired from the library and began spending more time traveling and attending her grandchildren's sporting events, just a couple of her favorite pastimes.

She also enjoyed music, reading, watching sports and especially family get-togethers.

She was a member of the Martinsville Chapter of Kappa Kappa Sigma and the First Christian Church. She was a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville.

She will be missed and always remembered by her family and friends, including daughters Theresa (husband Steve) Cordes of Brownsburg, Cheryl (husband Galen) Dale of Mahomet, Ill. and Pam (husband Mark) James of Indianapolis; sons Mark (wife June) Wildman of Cloverdale and Drew (wife Denise) Wildman of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, Dashanna Rothhaas, Ashley Wildman, Tessa Defore, Lindy Cox, Kevin Dale, Amanda Dale, Jessica Shipp, Derek, Nicole and Kyle James and Ryan and Kristin Wildman; five great-grandchildren, Trevor and Raven Rothhaas, Elia and Nora Defore and Marshall Cox; and sister Kathy Hatfield of Evansville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of nearly 60 years, Forrest "Skip" and sister Joyce Lavonne Frye.

Family and friends are encouraged to visit on Sunday, March 10 from 1-4 p.m. and on Monday, March 11 from 10-11 a.m. at Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center, Martinsville.

A service celebrating her life will be on Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at Neal & Summers and entombment will follow in Nebo Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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