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Wilma Killips

April 24, 1949 — September 14, 2020

Wilma Killips

Wilma Gean Killips, 71, of Stevensville passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at her home in the care of her family.

A memorial service will be announced later. Online condolences accepted at

Wilma  was born Monday, April 24, 1949 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of  Jesse Dean  and Frances Ordean (Garrison) Jenkins. Wilma met Richard Wayne Killips in 1968 at Henry’s Drive In and they were married on July 1, 1972. They raised four kids and now have lots of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wilma loved to goof around and tease her kids and grandkids whom she loved very much. She was very active as a member of the Stevenville American Legion Post 568 Auxiliary and served as Sergeant at Arms for many years.  Wilma bowled for many years and won state singles and doubles tournaments.  She had a wicked sense of humor, earning her the nickname “Wild Thing”.  Wilma loved her Cleopatra machines at the Casino, and enjoyed fishing up north, even with the guys. She liked giving her son Tommy lists of projects to do. You smiled when Wilma walked in the door, she loved to boast about her family. Wilma fought valiantly and now she is reunited with her daughter Carrie in Heaven.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Richard Killips; children: Tammy (Blair) Bigelow, Emily (Scott) Barnes and Thomas (Jessica) Killips; 12 grandchildren: Dillon Peters, Jennifer and Stephanie Warmbein, Justin Bigelow, Jordyn (Dakota) Jones, Jessie (Jake) Bigelow-Bach, Elle and Avery Barnes, Shelby, Jackson, James and Emma Killips; two great granddaughters: Grace Gadson-Peters and Harper Selby and a third great granddaughter on the way; mother: Frances Jenkins; siblings: Jesse (Lori) Jenkins, Doug (Debbie) Jenkins, Lois (Butch) Paar, Geraldine Williams, Carol Scott and Christine (Drek) Stubblefield and many nieces and nephews.

Wilma was preceded by: daughter Caroline Kay in 1999; father Jesse Dean Jenkins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremations Service, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman.

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