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Fern Josephine Wilkins

Fern Josephine Wilkins, age 96 of Pleasantville, passed away January 7, 2020, at Bickford of Lancaster. Josephine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born July 9, 1923, in Avon, West Virginia, to the late Alfred and Fern Stickel Bartlett.

She graduated from Lancaster High School in 1942 and retired from General Motors where she met Richard Wilkins. They were married 65 years until his death in 2016. They resided at their farm in Pleasantville for more than 55 years. Josephine was a member of Pleasantville United Methodist Church and Pleasant Grange. She is survived by daughters, Karen (Russ) Hines and Darlene (Brian) Archer; grandchildren, Rusty (Elizabeth) Hines, Erin Hines (Cody Chapman), Matthew (Raquelle) Archer and Emily (Eric) Singer; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Keegan Hines, Kinsey and Brant Archer; Rylee Singer, Madelyn Lockaby and baby boy Hines on the way; sister, Janice Hardwick (Dave Kohlmeier); and sister-in-laws, Barbara Bartlett and Marcine Wilkins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Wilkins; brothers, Hugh (Elizabeth) Bartlett and Keith Bartlett; sister, Ethel Lee Collinsworth; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Archer; father-in-law, Ensley Wilkins; mother-in-law, Edith (Sherrick) Wilkins; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill (Rachel) Wilkins, Roger (Bonnie) Wilkins, Jack (Dorothy) Wilkins and Charles Wilkins.

The family would like to thank Bickford of Lancaster and FairHoPe Hospice for their loving care. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Friends may visit from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to Pleasantville United Methodist Church, 112 Lincoln Ave, Pleasantville, Ohio 43148.

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