Wilma Maxine Dorsey

February 25, 1926March 24, 2021

PEKIN ~ Wilma Maxine Dorsey, 95, of Pekin, passed away at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Pekin Manor.

Born February 25, 1926 in Havana Township, Mason County to Carl and Grace Olive (Tomlinson) Zimmerman, she married Wendell James Dorsey on May 8, 1946 in Pekin. He died June 24, 1987 in Pekin. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Judy Wagner; one granddaughter, Amy Miller; a great-granddaughter, Alexa and her sister, Ferne Eleanor Clarkston.

Surviving are one daughter, Vicki (Bruce) Miller of Hopedale; fifteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great-grandchildren.

A homemaker, Wilma loved spending time with her family and enjoyed crocheting, painting and making crafts with her husband. She also enjoyed camping, fishing and clogging in former years.

She was a member of Minier Christian Church and a former member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Her graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Pastor Darrel Brandon will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pregnancy Resource Center, 3223 Griffin Avenue, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Donna Jean McMillion

March 30, 2021

Sending my Love and Prayers to Wilma's family. I know my Mom (Alice Marie) & my Dad (Harold "Curley" McMillion) only spoke lovingly of Wilma (& Jim) as I was growing up. Mom told us stories of her Aunts, Uncles & Cousins in & around Pekin. Even though we moved to Louisiana when I was really young they made sure we knew about our entire Family. I remember when I was around 16, Dad & Mom took us on a plane ride so we could attend Aunt Grace & Uncle Carl's 50th Wedding Anniversary. When we arrived, my parents & younger sister Tina stayed at Uncle Roy & Aunt Stella's and my brother Scotty & I got to stay with Wilma & Jim & their girls. We were treated so well & we have treasured the memories of that trip & the opportunity to meet so many family members. Thankfully I got to see her a few more times over the years at the Tomlinson Family Reunions.
While I send my Love & Prayers to all in her family,
I rejoice in the knowledge that she is with our Lord & Saviour and I take great joy in the belief that she has been reunited with her loved ones and that they are all in Heaven at the Ultimate Family Reunion.

Lynnn Hallstein Knight

March 30, 2021

Thinking of Vicki and family in your time of loss. Wilma and our parents, our grandparents, and Carl and Grace, Judy and I made generations of friendship for our two neighboring families. She will be in my heart always.

Nancy Hallstein McReynolds

March 30, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Wilma's passing. Wilma was a wonderful neighbor and friend to our family. She loved her family and was proud of all of you. Her love of painting and clogging will always be remembered. She taught painting in her little house across the street from us. A remarkable lady. Rest well, Wilma. Say hello up there to my folks, your old neighbors, Nancy

Ellen Hallstein Denler

March 30, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Our family lived across the street for years. My grandfather George Jibbens used to ride to work with Wilma's dad. My dad used to walk across the street to talk to Jim and get his advice to fix things. All of our high school graduation pictures were taken on the climbing rose bush going up the side of Wilma's garage. Wilma gave me three tole painted ornaments for a wedding present. We all loved her. We know she is resting in His arms now. Hugs to you all.

Phyllis Sprague

March 30, 2021

I loved her for years before she married my Brother!! She was such a sweet person and I thought of her as a Sister. I know you will miss her Vicki but I pray knowing she is with Jim and Judy and so many family members helps you and the family.

Julia Taylor

March 30, 2021

Vicki, Bruce & family,
Wilma was a loving & compassionate person. I have been a friend of Vicki's for many years. Wilma was a second mother to me, my mother passed away in 1977. I was only 25 she became the Mother I could go and talk to. I will cherish the time and memories we shared. I will miss her dearly. My sympathy & prayers to Vicki, Bruce & family.

Bobbi Prather

March 29, 2021

Viicki & family of wonderful Wilma. So many happy memories of Wilma, Ferne and kid's. Of all of my Memories, Easter was ALWAYS one of my favorites. God bless you with a hug