Wilda L. McCleary, 84, passed away Feb. 26, 2015. Survived by her children, Karolyn (Steve) McKinsey, Kari (Bill) VanSickle and Bill (Celina) McCleary; grandchildren, Kelly McKinsey, Lindsie (Kenan) Sandifer, Jordan (Brenda) McCleary and Jeremy (Andrea) McCleary; ten great-grandchildren; twin sister, Wanda (Lester) Day; and numerous other family and friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Gerald McCleary; parents; two brothers; and six sisters. Wilda was born to Curnel and Mary Sharp on July 26, 1930, in Olney Springs and graduated from Fowler High School. She was an amazing cook, author and homemaker. All while holding a career as a Psychiatric Tech at the Colorado State Hospital. Wilda was a member of New Heights Baptist Church, enjoyed pot lucks and sewing. She and Gerald traveled all over gathering information for the family history story book she wrote. Everyone that knew her loved her. Viewing, 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at New Heights Baptist Church, 3304 Baltimore Ave. Interment, Olney Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made New Heights Baptist Church or direct to charity of choice. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Karolyn, Kari, and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all a wonderful ,caring , and loving family. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you.Wilda was a wonderful woman and she will be missed.
    Bobbi and family

  2. Karolyn and family — I was so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was such a sweet and pretty lady, and very fortunate to have you to watch over her with tender loving care. God now holds her in the palm of His hand, safe and at peace. I know you will treasure the memories of times with her.
    Love, Donna

  3. Karolyn, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know that it is a very hard time in our lives when the Lord calls or mothers home. Hold on to all the great memories you have with her and be proud that you were the best daughter you could be! God bless you and your family and may your mother Rest in Peace!

    Love you,
    Annette

  4. Dear Karolyn and family. I am so saddened by this news. Wilda was a very special woman and I always loved visiting her with you. Her sense of humor and good nature was always so infectious. I always left those visits feeling very happy and very special. Thank you for welcoming me into your family and introducing me to Wilda. She will always be with us, smiling down to remind us to have open, loving hearts. God Bless you and yours. Bev Saidel

  5. Sorry for your loss McCleary family. Wilda was a sweet and caring person. I was fortunate to know her and be a part of the family. She was an angel on earth and will be an angel in heaven watching over the people she loved. If you need anything please let me know. Love you all. Abby McCleary

  6. Karolyn and family, I was so sorry to read of your mom’s passing. It made me think of my mom and their friendship. I think that lossing your mom is the hardest experience that anyone goes through in life. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with you and yours. Love, Esther Williams

  7. Sorry to read of your loss. She was an great lady. my thoughts are with you and your family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
    Mary Beth Walker Messer

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I am so grateful for the time we all had together a few years back– Zack still remembers Steve and how his Great, Great Aunts kept fussing about him! We love you and ask that you call us if there’s anything you need. Love, Matt, Shelley (Davis) and Zack Sagone

  9. Karolyn so sorry for the loss of your dear mom. I wish I was home to attend the service but know I am there in spirit. She is now at home with our Lord. You were such a wonderful caregiver to your mom. Now you have all the memoriesto keep you strong. Praying for you & family during these hard days.

    Love you
    Karen Graham

  10. Karolyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. After my mom passed away almost 9 years ago, I “adopted” Wilda. Thank you for sharing her with me. May you find comfort and strength in your memories.

  11. Karolyn Kari and family, I write this with a heavy heart. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers our with you at this sad time. We have lost someone very special! Our deepest and warmest sympathy to you. All our love.

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