Wilma White

April 21, 2014

Wilma White

Funeral Services: Will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield with burial at the Greenfield Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the church following the committal services at the cemetery. Pastor Eric Schubert will officiate the service.   

Open Visitation: Will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. 

Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. 

Memorials: To the Greenfield United Methodist Church. 

Wilma Mae White was born May 30, 1918, the daughter of Ira and Mary (Campbell) Bakerink, in Adair County, Iowa. She passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Greenfield Manor in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 95.

Wilma grew up on a farm near Hoopy Hollow in Adair County. She graduated from 8th grade in 1933 and earned her GED later in life. On December 21, 1938, she was united in marriage to Howard White. To this union four children were born: Susan, John, Mary and Ira. The family made their home in Greenfield. Wilma worked for the Greenfield Community Schools for over twenty years as a cook. Wilma loved baking for the children at the school. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, crocheting and helping Howard with the bees. She was a member of the Greenfield United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and a lifetime member of Rebekah Lodge. Wilma liked to go to garage sales and auctions. She baked award winning pies and rolls. Wilma's family loved her delicious homemade noodles. Her favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Howard White in 2006; granddaughter, Barbara White; daughter-in-law, Jayne Larson; two brothers, Otis and Vernon Bakerink; and three sisters, Velna Winkelmann, Sarah Sharon and Mildred Winkelmann.

She is survived by her four children, Susan Ferber of Greenfield, John White and wife Trish of Diagonal, Mary Swank and husband Lyle, Jr. of Benton, Iowa and Ira White of Ames; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; fourteen great great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

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