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Wilma Poe

d. October 21, 2017

Wilma J. (Dennison) Poe (87) of Williamsville passed away peacefully from this world to be with Jesus, her personal Lord and Savior, on October 21 at Heritage Hospice. Wilma was born on June 7, 1930 in rural Elkhart to Robin and Elsie (Carter) Dennison. She married her high school sweetheart, Norman (Posey) Poe on June 5, 1949. She is survived by two daughters, Dianne (Jim) Pickett of Ozark, MO and Debbie (Loren) Crowe of Williamsville, one grandson Tim Crowe of Virden, two sisters-in-law Sarah Poe and Anita Dennison, and a large number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Doris Powell, brothers Fred and Bernard Dennison, and stepfather Joe Winkler.

Wilma was a member of Williamsville Christian Church where she taught Sunday School, VBS, and Bible Study plus serving in various other ministries throughout the years. She is remembered for her kindness and patience, in addition to being very well-known for her angel food cakes at church potlucks and family reunions.

She began working as a local telephone operator while attending Williamsville High School and after graduation worked at General Telephone until her daughters were born. In the 1960s, she became a secretary and worked for H.B. Hollis Insurance Agency that eventually grew into Hollis, Neff & Bomke. While there, she also assumed the additional roles of office manager/bookkeeper. She worked for HNB over 30 years before retiring.

The family is grateful to the staffs at Villa West Senior Care, Memorial Medical’s Emergency Room, and Heritage Hospice for the kindness, care, and compassion that they extended to Wilma and them.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 24 at Williamsville Christian Church from 9:30 – 11 AM with services following at 11:00 a.m. Rev. David Beals will officiate. Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Williamsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Williamsville Christian Church, 201 South Old Route 66, Williamsville, IL or Beerlahai Roi Women’s Ministries, 7811 Old Carriage Way, Springfield, IL 62712.


  1. I’m sorry you had to go, Dear Aunt Willie! But my longtime memories of the beautiful lady who was mother to my dear cousins Dianne and Debbie will live on forever! And, of course, I expect to see you and uncle Posey again soon! Will love you forecer!

  2. My prayers and thoughts are with all Wilma’s family. What a beautiful lady. I am so glad our paths met. She will be missed by many. A special hug to you Debbie and prayers for peace and comfort to all knowing we will all be together some day.

  3. A gracious lady who was always so kind and welcoming to me. It was almost 50 years ago that we met! A lot of great memories. Now she’s enjoying Jesus, Norman and all the saints who’ve gone before. Oh what a glorious day when we all see Jesus, face to face. Deb and Dianne you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Debbie, so sorry for the loss of your Mother. Hope your faith and all good memories will help sustain you in the months ahead.

  5. Debbie, Dianne, and family…so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember being around your house and loved your mom’s sense of humor, which she passed on to you! Hugs and prayers to you.

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