Brooklyn, Michigan

Formerly of Chelsea

Wilma (Farley) Picklesimer, a long-time Chelsea resident, went to be with the Lord March 22, 2018 after a short illness.  She was born in Loyall, Kentucky, January 6, 1927, the eighth and last child of Nancy (Bingham) and Carter Howard Farley.


She attended and was a member of Immanuel Bible Church in Chelsea, Michigan for many years.  She won Homemaker of the Year at Chelsea Community Fair in 1990 and 1991.  She was a life-time member of and volunteered with Chelsea Community Hospital Auxiliary for several decades in the gift shop and sewing circle. She was a life-time member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 423 and former member of Post 4076. Additionally, she was a home-health aide for Individualized Home Care Services. In 1995, she and her husband, Mitchell Picklesimer, Sr., received the Volunteer of the Year award from Faith in Action, in Chelsea. Wilma volunteered at Chelsea Retirement Community.

She grew up in Harlan County, Kentucky and met her future husband, Mitchell, at a dinner hosted by her brother Lawrence. When introduced, she laughed at Mitchell’s last name. They married on May 23, 1942, in Covington, KY. Thus, she always said not to laugh at another person’s last name “because you just might wind up with it.”

She was an avid reader of Christian novels, especially those authored by Grace Livingston Hill.  Her family enjoyed her kind spirit of faith and fabulous cooking that included freshly baked bread, cornbread and butterscotch pies. Friends and family benefited from her crocheted afghans, doilies and baby items.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, two infant children, Eda and Carter, her parents, four brothers and three sisters.

She leaves behind five children: Sandra Aldrich of Colorado Springs, Colo., a son, Mitchell, Jr., (John Thompkins) of Phoenix, Ariz., Nancy (Bill) Bevins of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Thea Picklesimer of Brooklyn, Mich., and Greta Picklesimer of Jackson, Mich., eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place Sunday, March 25, from Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea with Ronald Clark officiating.  Burial will follow in the family plot at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immanuel Bible Church, Community Bible Church, or the charity of your choice.