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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Obituary - Wilma Jean Abney

Wilma Jean Abney, age 89, of Clinton, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at The Arbors at Glendale Gardens in Clinton, Missouri. 

Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 19th, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton with visitation one hour prior to the service. 

Burial will follow in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christian Motorcyclists Association and can be left in care of Vansant-Mills Funeral Home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

A life-long resident of Henry County, Wilma was born on June 5, 1931 to Virgil and Nellie Hoover. She was a very devoted wife to Howard and a wonderful mother to Gary, Tom, Marvin, and Susan. She loved being active and for many years was the “right hand man” as a farmer’s wife during many years on the family farm near Ladue, MO. For several years, Wilma and Howard traveled extensively around the United States on their Honda Goldwing motorcycle. They were members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association where they developed deep and lasting friendships. Wilma was a member of Deepwater Church of the Brethren until its closure, being active in all aspects of the church especially as a children’s Sunday School teacher. Recently she attended Allen Street Baptist Church. Wilma was not one to sit still for long. She was always finding some way to be busy especially in serving others. For a number of years both Howard and Wilma enjoyed serving at Clinton’s Senior Center in various capacities. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Wilma is preceded in death by her husband, Howard (2009), and her sons, Larry (1950), Allan (1964), and Marvin (2020). She is survived by her children, Gary and Debbie, (Madison, AL), Tom and Brenda (Marlin, TX), Susan and Duane Carter (Clinton, MO), and her daughter in law, Helen Abney (Clinton, MO). Wilma leaves a legacy of 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home Clinton, Missouri.