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Janie Wilder dies at 81

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Janie R. Wilder, of Portage, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 at her home. She was 81.

She was born May 29, 1926 in Cullowhee, N.C., the daughter of the late George and Mollie (Keener) Watson.

She was married to Clyde A. Wilder, who survives in Portage.

She is also survived by a son, James Michael (Basia) Wilder of Portage; a daughter, Debra Sue (Charles A.) Gritton; a sister, Nellie Claybo of Cullowhee, N.C.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Janie was an area resident for 56 years. She was the baby of 10 siblings and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Portage. She was a member of the Eastern Star Hobart Chapel for more than 40 years and served as past Worthy Matron. She was Precinct Committee Woman during the 1970s. Janie was active in the PTA throughout her son and daughterís schooling and also served as Den Mother to Cub Scout Pack 430 and Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed her family, home and gardening and was a devoted grandmother and great grandmother.

Funeral services, Pastor Randall Forsythe officiating, will be at noon, Monday, Nov. 19 at Grace Baptist Church, 5785 Mulberry Ave., Portage. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Portage.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave., Portage. Visitation will also be on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at noon at the church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donorís choice.

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Posted 11/16/2007