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Charlene (Mahin) Wilson

August 11, 1929 ~ August 28, 2021 (age 92)


Charlene Wilson, 92, died Saturday, August 28, 2021 at her home in Moravia.  

She was born on August 11th, 1929 to Bill and Vera Mahin in Albia, Iowa.  Charlene attended Reitzel country school – until 8th grade and graduated from Albia High school in 1946 at the age of 16.   Because she wasn’t of legal age, she went to work for Alfred Pabst’s a local attorney. At the age of 18, she went to work at the VA hospital in Knoxville.  She married James Wilson on April 30, 1950 in Moravia.  They had the privilege of celebrating 71 years of marriage.

They moved to Moravia and starting farming in 1955. Charlene worked alongside her husband, was a devoted homemaker and mother to 4 children- Greg, Sheri, Milton and Ruthann.  James and Charlene retired from farming in 2000.  They travel extensively throughout the United States making memories with each other and seeing magnificent scenery.  Alaska was a highlight in their travels as well as traveling internationally into Mexico and Central America.    Along the camping trail, they met many people that become life-long friends.

Charlene was active in the community taking part in Rainbow and later joined Eastern Star and was a past matron, Farm Bureau committee chairperson, the initial zoning board, and a board trustee member for the Monroe County Hospital.  Both James and Charlene helping deliver community meals.  She was a long-time active member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Moravia.   When the kids were in school, she assisted with music mothers (gotta love that Fall Festival tent) and attending many sporting events at MHS and helped many early mornings with 4H projects. She enjoyed preparing meals for her family and was an avid reader. 

Charlene was always willing to assist a friend, bring a meal to the field, go boating with the family on Sunday afternoons, bake cookies with the grandkids, and treat everyone with her true kindness and generosity! Charlene dearly loved her family and everyone was always welcome at their home.  Charlene supported and loved her family through the challenges and the triumphs of life.

She is survived by her husband James; her children, Greg (Kathy) Wilson of Moravia, Sheri (Jeff) Vining of Des Moines, Milton Wilson of Moravia, and Ruthann Burkman of Albia; Charlene enjoyed 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 1 great- great grandchild; several step grandchildren; and step great grandchildren. 

Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Vera Mahin; sister and brother-in-law, Marthann and Lee DeMoss of Ottumwa; brother-in-law, John Wilson of Sycamore, Ill.; and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10AM, Thursday, September 2, 2021 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Moravia with Pastor Christy Ehrle officiating.  Those who cannot attend the service in person may use the zoom link below to watch the funeral. Burial will follow the service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Moravia.  A Visitation will take place Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia, beginning at 9AM, with the family greeting friends from 5-7PM.  In lieu of flowers, Memorials have been established to either the Albia Carnegie Library, EveryStep Hospice of Centerville, or the Grace United Methodist Church, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Wilson family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.   


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September 1, 2021

9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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103 N. John Street
Moravia, IA 52571

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September 2, 2021

10:00 AM
Grace United Methodist Church
101 E North St
Moravia, IA 52571

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