Age 89, passed away November 23, 2018. She was born November 12, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, to William and Lola Collins. Wilma worked as procurement manager for the National Guard. She loved spending time with her family. Wilma always looked forward to getting together with her friends for their monthly lunch gathering, which she has been doing for years. She was well known for her humor and whit. Wilma also loved Halloween, dressing in various feline costumes every year, for as long as anyone can remember. She was also a talented painter and sketch artist. For the past 17 years, Wilma has enjoyed the company of her beloved companion, Buffy the cat. Wilma was well loved, and will be missed by many friends and family.
Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harkness; her brother William; her sons, Dennis and Donald; and grandson, Jacob Harkness. Surviving are her two daughters, Linda Harkness and Lori Smith; grandchildren, Erika, Robbie, Jessie, Jenny, Beth, Patrick, Nicole, Chelsea, Caity, Stephanie, and Brad; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held on December 1, 2018, at 11 a.m., at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with interment to follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, November 30th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue, in memory of Wilma Harkness. Online condolences may be left for her family at www.EstesLeadley.com