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Wilma Irene Sullenger

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm


Funeral Services for Wilma Irene Sullenger of Elsberry, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.  Her son, Rev. Thomas W. Sullenger, of Cape Girardeau, and Rev. Paul Garven, pastor of United Methodist Church in Elsberry, officiated with burial in Elsberry City Cemetery near Elsberry.  Serving as pallbearers were Sara Manion, Garry W. Stewart, Tim Sullenger, Dixie Williams, Kent Sullenger and Carter Manion.  Honorary pallbearers were Kristen Manion, Emily Manion, Bob DeGeare, Jim Henry, Steve Bruckerhoff and Jim Holley.

Mrs. Sullenger, 84, passed away Feb. 12, 2013 at her home.  Born April 4, 1928 in Alma, Neb., she was the daughter of Luther and Alice Marshal Heathers.  She was united in marriage to Murry William “Bill” Sullenger.  This union was blessed with two children: Tom and Pam.  She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Galloway Elevator, retiring in 1990.  She was also a homemaker and a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Alice Heathers; four sisters: Lois Hughes, Dorothy Bond, Anna Richardson and Alene Raymer; and her beloved husband of 60 years, Bill Sullenger on Feb. 18, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Rev. Tom Sullenger and wife, Candie, of Cape Girardeau; one daughter: Pam Stewart and husband, Garry, of Elsberry; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She leaves two sisters: Emily Ballman and husband, Jerome, of O’Fallon, and Sylvia Rosserelli of Arvada, Colo.; one sister-in-law, Pat York of Louisiana; numerous nieces, and nephews.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, at Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry.  Memorials may be made to the Smith Chapel UMC or Palmer Library in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 107 S. 5th Street; Elsberry, MO 63343.  Online condolences may be made at