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Wilma N. Tinkham

Wilma N. Tinkham, 100, of Champaign, passed away at 1:26 P.M., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.

Wilma Nelson, born July 1, 1913, married Robert Tinkham in 1940, is preceded by tinkhamRobert and son Thomas Tinkham, survived by daughter Marilyn Lindholm, grandsons Chris Lindholm and Neil Tinkham and by greatgrandson Marsalis.

Wilma Nelson started her personal community service by being a friendly visitor as a young girl in Owatonna, Minnesota.  She had a route.  The most versatile teacher in a family of teachers, Wilma began teaching in a one-room school house in Lanesboro, Minnesota, teaching in the school year and going to school in the summer.  Wilma first graduated from Mankato State Teacher College, married Robert Tinkham, taught nursery school in Minneapolis, moved to Urbana, taught sixth grade at Thornburn School, became a resource teacher for the blind students from kindergarten to high school in Champaign.  After retiring from the Champaign school district, Wilma supervised student teachers of the blind from Illinois State University in Normal, and helped established a program for the blind on the island of Truk.  Wilma volunteered for several years as a visitor for visually disabled persons through Telecare in Champaign-Urbana.

As a Scandinavian, Wilma had a Viking need to travel.  After retiring, she went around the world, first on a solo trip.  She talked Bob into going on the second world trip. 

There will be no memorial service.  Anyone knowing Wilma Tinkham could take a walk in the woods, feed the birds, pet a dog, go dancing or all of the above.  It was a very good, A-plus century.

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