June 28, 2007

(7/31/1918 Ė 6/15/2007)

Wilma Eileen Meinhardt Galbraith was born July 31, 1918 on a farm near Farmington, Lee County, IA. She passed away June 15, 2007.

She was the first born child of Mary May Barton and Otto George Meinhardt.

Wilma was a registered nurse and served in World War II as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Nursing Corps.

She married Dr. J.R. Galbraith June 1943, where they resided in Canton, MO for nearly 50 years. They moved to Mason, OH in 1991, where they resided at the Mason Christian Village. Her husband preceded her in death in August 1991 and their daughter, Jean in May 2002.

After rearing their 10 children, she returned to nursing at the Lewis County Nursing Home until her retirement in 1991. She was awarded Woman of the Year by the State of Missouri. In Canton, MO Wilma was a leader in 4-H, American Legion, Canton Public School, St. Annís Alter Society, and St. Joseph Church. In Mason, OH, she was President of the Mason Christian Village Association and active in Mason Veteranís Association and a member of Christís Church at Mason.

Survivors include three daughters, Jane Freeman of Tulsa, OK, Joan Minton of Kell, IL, and Cathy Schwartz of Highlands Ranch, CO; six sons, Sam of Marrietta, GA, Jan of Moline, IL, Neal of West Chester, OH, John and Rodger of Cincinnati, OH, and Jim of Maineville, OH; 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; one sister, Thelma Gaffney of Memphis, MO, Wayne of Luray, MO, Dale and Dean of Kahoka, MO.

Funeral arrangements were by Paul R. Young Funeral Home of Mt. Healthy, OH. The viewing and service was June 18, 2007, at Mason Christian Village. Interment was at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mason, OH with military honor guard and 21-gun salute by the American Legion of Mt. Healthy, OH. Pallbearers were her granddaughters and grandsons.

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