Margaret "Jo" (Jarboe) Wilkin

Born: Fri., Jul. 3, 1931
Died: Sun., Nov. 15, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 20, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Sat., Nov. 21, 2015
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Margaret “Jo” Wilkin, 84, Clinton, Iowa, formerly of Oblong, IL passed away at 7:10 PM on Sunday, November 15, 2015. She was a resident at Prairie Hill at Clinton, Clinton, IA.

Jo was born on July 3, 1931 in Campbellsville, KY, the daughter of Marion Jarboe and Josephine (Miller) Jarboe. On April 17, 1954 she married Richard W. “Doc” Wilkin and he preceded her in death on April 25, 2012.

Jo was a teacher at Oblong High School, teaching many generations of students throughout her 31 years; she was the cheerleading sponsor as well as a class sponsor. Jo was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and was a member of Central United Methodist Church of Oblong, IL and she was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Crawford County, IL.

Jo is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law Dr. Bill and Jean Wilkin, Fulton, IL and Jim and Silvana Wilkin, Matthews, N.C; seven grandchildren and spouses: Courtney and husband Chris Radke; Sarah Lufcy; Andrew and wife Jackie Wilkin; Colleen and husband Travis Temple; Quinn Wilkin; Katy Wilkin; and Jake Wilkin; nine great grandchildren: Caden Wilkin; Owen Radke; Sophia Lufcy; Chloe Wilkin; Hudson Radke; Finley Radke; Olivia Wilkin; Kane Temple and Penelope Radke.

Preceding Jo in death were her parents and her husband.

Celebration of Jo’s Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL with Bro. Phil Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Oblong Cemetery, Oblong, IL.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Friday, November 20, 2015 at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL.

The family requests that an expression of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Oblong Schools Academic Foundation. Envelopes will be at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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Dana Finney
   Posted Mon November 16, 2015
Dear Bill and Jim, and your families,
I am so sad to learn of Jo's passing. She touched many lives, mine included. Thank you for sharing her with all of us those many years. I'm afraid I don't do jumpin' jacks anymore because I'm lazy, not because she didn't teach me better. I will always remember her fondly and am thankful for having known her as more than just a teacher -- truly a friend.
My best,
Dana Finney

Paula Miller Pavia
   Posted Tue November 17, 2015
I don't think there could've been but a few days she didn't smile❤️. And I don't know of a student in Oblong that didn't love her. She was one precious character! I seem to remember one fine school day I wasn't 'feeling well', so I called Mom at work and told her I wasn't going to school that day. I 'somehow ended' up at my friends house. 😳. Well, Mom had called home (remember no cell phones) and I wasn't there 😳😳. She went to school and talked to Mrs. Wilkin to see how I was, thinking I obviously felt better and went back to school. Mrs. Wilkin then told Mom my gf wasn't 'feeling well' either🙄. Ooooooooooops. Imagine the look on my face when Mom drove up to the door! Next day when I went to school, Mrs. Wilkin laughed her butt off!!! Didn't yell at me, just laughed and laughed!!! Heaven gained another angel 😇

Bill Sandiford
   Posted Wed November 18, 2015
Bill, Jim and families:
Sorry for your loss, your mom was an absolute sweetheart. Sadly I was never asked to be part of girls PE although it looked like fun.
I will not be able to attend either visitation or burial because I am having two wisdom teeth cut out Friday. Unless, Dr. You would be willing to work something out.
Again, sorry for your loss.
Bill Sandiford

Tom and Joy VanZuiden
   Posted Fri November 20, 2015
Bill and family,
sorry for your loss. thankful for the hope of Christ in your hearts.

Dave Martin
   Posted Sat November 21, 2015
Mrs. Wilkin was one of the finest people I have ever known. A truly happy, caring person you could always depend on. Jim and Bill, my deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. She will be missed.

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