Carmen J. Wilks

    Carmen Justice Wilks, 79, of Warren, Ind., passed away on June 24, 2013, at her residence.
    Carmen was born in Marion, Ind., on November 12, 1933, to the late Enos and Olive (Heal) Justice.
    She earned a Bachelor's degree from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and a Master's degree from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne. For many years she taught at Adams Central and over the course of her life was involved in numerous volunteer activities in communities across Indiana, including Dunkirk, Richmond, Wabash, Monroe, Union City, Jimtown, and Berne, where she also served on many United Methodist church and conference committees.  She was a well-known writer for the Berne Tri-Weekly, where she chronicled the lives of many interesting residents of Adams County. Carmen was a gifted artist, and will be remembered for her compassionate, loving, and giving spirit; her charitable activities; her intellectual striving; her ability to inspire students through her teaching, her passion for social justice and her outstanding roles as a mother and grandmother.
    Among survivors are three sons, Doug (Tia) Wilks, Brad (Gardi) Wilks, and Ron (Dawn) Wilks; daughter, Pam (Michael) Walcott; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three siblings, Sam (Sandra) Justice, Warren Justice, and Carol (David) Jones.
    Carmen was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Donald Wilks; and a sister, Reverend Charlotte (Chuck) Saleska.
    A service to commemorate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Monroe United Methodist Church.
    Preferred memorials are to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter.
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