Chesterton Tribune

Wilma Jean Tharp dies at 76

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Wilma Jean Tharp (nee Nail), 76, of Porter, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 9, 2009.

She was born in Montgomery, Ind. on September 11, 1932 the daughter of Thomas and Helen (Van Winkle) Nail, both of whom preceded her in death.

On June 1, 1953 she married Bill Tharp, who survives.

She is survived also by five sons; Thomas (Pam), William (Margi), Herb (Debbie), Doug (Dawn) and Ken (Mary Elizabeth), one daughter, Linda (Marty) Marvel, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, sister Ruth Risley of Washington, IN, along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

She grew up in the surrounding area of Montgomery, graduating from Montgomery High School in 1950.

She devoted most of her life to her family by providing love, support and direction. She welcomed in daughters for her sons and a son for her daughter and expanded her love for them all. After her children were grown, she expanded her caring ministry as a pink lady volunteer at Porter Memorial Hospital, crocheted hats for the hospital guild, and volunteered at Porter Methodist Church in a multitude of roles.

In addition to her volunteer work, she was a nurse’s aide at an assisted living community and earned her associate degree in accounting. With what free time remained, she enjoyed crocheting, bowling and Bible study.

Visitation and memories will be shared on Sunday June 14 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

A Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15 at Porter Methodist Church, 100 Beam Street, Porter. Wilma Jean loved the beautiful flowers she received during her illness and requests that any donations in her memory be given to Mission Aviation Fellowship, where her son, Tom, serves. (


Posted 6/12/2009