Leona Wilkins

Onie Wilkins

Wednesday, February 4th, 1931 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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A Celebration of Life Mass for Leona “Onie” Wilkins, age 89, of O’Neill, NE, formerly of Hemingford, NE, will be at 10:00 am Saturday, November 28, 2020 at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Hemingford, NE. A Rosary will precede the Mass at 9:15 am. Father Timothy Stoner will officiate. Burial will be in the Hemingford Cemetery. Onie passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday September 25, 2020 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Memorials are suggested to the Chadron State College Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill.

Leona “Onie” Wilkins, age 89, of O’Neill, NE formerly of Hemingford, NE, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill. Onie was born February 4, 1931 in Alliance, Nebraska to Mike and Mary Walters. She attended elementary school at District #40 east of Hemingford near her family’s farm and graduated valedictorian from St. Agnes Academy in Alliance. Following graduation, Onie attended Chadron State College receiving teacher certification. She taught for 9 years in various rural schools in Box Butte County and served on the State Teachers Association Board.

In 1959, she married Wayne Wilkins at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church and they had three daughters, Annette, Mary Pat, and Molly. Onie worked many years for the Superintendent at Hemingford High School. She later worked as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts at Chadron State College retiring in 2004.

Onie was a lifelong member of Hemingford St. Bridget’s parish and Altar Society. She served on the Parish Council and taught catechism classes. Her faith was a source of strength and joy. She was an example of Christ’s love and mercy. As leader of the Kute Kookies 4-H Club and member of the Box Butte County 4-H Council, Onie was active in many community service projects. She served as Executive Administrator of the Mari Sandoz Society while employed at CSC. Onie spent her final years in O’Neill, Nebraska, close to her family and grandchildren. Onie enjoyed cooking for her family, travel, gardening, and spending time outdoors in her yard. She will be fondly remembered as a loyal friend and a loving, supportive and caring mother and grandmother.

Onie is survived by her three daughters; Annette (Larry) Mitchell and their son, Michael Mitchell, all of Lincoln, NE, Mary Wilkins and Galen Houseman and their children, Ellen Houseman and Adam Houseman, all of Kalamazoo, MI, Molly (William) Jennings of O’Neill, NE, and their children, Nathaniel Jennings of Albion, MI and Christopher Jennings of O’Neill; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Mike and Mary Walters, her siblings Floyd Walters, Edward (Marian Lee) Walters, Alma (Patrick) Walsh, Mary Pat Walters, and John (Carol) Walters.
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Glen & Vicki Kotschwar

Posted at 04:55pm
We are sorry to hear of your mom's passing but know she must have been happy to be with family. We have many fond memories of Leona and her family in Hemingford. As teachers and friends with children the same ages and in a small community, there was always interaction, smiles and get-togethers. Time passes, people get spread out and busy with their lives but the memories live on. We send our thoughts and prayers to all. May God bless each one of you. Glen & Vicki Kotschwar, Chadron, NE

Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

Posted at 06:56pm
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Ann Canavan

Posted at 01:30pm
With deepest sympathy, From Ann, Mary, Julie and Bill, and John and Sheila
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Shanette Wheeler

Posted at 10:01am
I am so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. I always loved visiting with her at the nursing home. She always had a kind word to say. Thoughts and prayers go to you and your family at this time.

Jimmy Canavan

Posted at 10:30pm
In loving memory of great aunt Onie! My grandma's little sister; we'll always remember those times whenever she'd be in Denver visiting. -Jimmy
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