Molly Ann Wilkens
August 2, 1927 – October 19, 2020
Molly Ann Wilkens died peacefully in the early hours of October 19th at the age of 93. Born in Fort Wayne to Jacob Howard and Cleo Ora Wilkens, Molly spent formative years in Maryland and graduated from Eastern High School in Baltimore. She is an alumna of Monmouth College and got her Master’s Degree from Indiana University. She taught secondary physical education in Illinois for 35 years and counseled campers in Maine, Washington and Indiana.
After some time at Galesburg and Maywood’s Proviso High Schools, most of her career was spent at Riverside-Brookfield Township High School near Chicago. She was a department chair for 23 years, director of the girls intramural program, and coach of the badminton team before retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma honorary teaching fraternity. An avid skier and world traveler, Molly still found time to volunteer at the library and teach in the community adult English as a second language program.
She relocated to Indianapolis in 2001 to be closer to her family. In Indianapolis, she pursued golf, Oasis Tutoring, the Riviera Camera Club, Indianapolis Art Center Watercolor Classes, and bridge with the Brendonwood Bridge Group. Like her mother, she pursued research in genealogy. She also enjoyed spending summers in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Molly is survived by her sister, Sallie Rowland, nephews Eric (Sally) Rowland and Jason (Susan Haber) Rowland; and grand nieces and nephews Nicholas, Sarah, Jacob, Grace and Stuart Rowland.
Molly dearly wanted to live long enough to vote in the upcoming election. She requested that, in lieu of flowers, please vote for Joe Biden and/or contribute to the Wheeler Mission.
Molly Ann Wilkens
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October 31, 2020
Condolences to Sallie and family.
Molly was a charter member of our Book Club which met monthly for 15+ years in the members homes. When it was her turn to select a new book she always chose one everyone enjoyed. When
it was her turn, she created delicious luncheons for all of us to enjoy. In the watercolor class at the Art Center Molly always came up with ideas for paintings of interest. Some were scenes from her summers at Harbour Springs, Michigan. One year she received First Place for a watercolor painting of a water bird in the competition at the Indiana State Fair. We were all thrilled for her to receive this honor. I am so glad I knew her and was able to spend time with her. She was a very special person.
Ann W. King
October 25, 2020
Living in Brendonwood next door to Molly I had many opportunities to enjoy her spirit, her sense of wry humor and her many interests. I am happy that you were a part of my life! It is with pleasure that I can say I have honored both of your final wishes!
October 20, 2020
The Indiana Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was so fortunate to welcome Molly into our midst when she moved to Indianapolis in 2002 after a long career in Illinois. She was always ready with a smile and a word of wisdom, regardless of the occasion. We honor her 50+ years of dedication to education and DKG and offer a white rose in her memory.