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Bertha Wilkie


Last updated 12/3/2014 at 1:10pm

Bertha Wilkie

Bertha Wilkie, 80, of Fletcher, passed away peacefully Dec. 1, 2014, at Universal Healthcare in Fletcher after an extended period of declining health.

She was born May 30, 1934, in Yancey County to Marion and Mary (McIntosh) Robinson. She married the love of her life, J.B. Wilkie Jr., in 1960 and remained his faithful companion for 45 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Harold Robinson, and sister, Doris Bradshaw.

She is survived by a son, Alan Wilkie and his girlfriend, Elaine, of Fletcher; a daughter, Phyllis Powell and her husband, Danny, of Rosman, and daughter, Carolyn Dotson and husband Steve, of Fairview. She is remembered as "Nanny" to three grand-daughters, Aimee Powell, of Rosman, Kristy Dotson, of Fairview, and Kelly McDougal, of Fletcher, and two greatgrandchildren, Bryson McDougal and CeCe Williams. She is also survived by two sisters, Lois Welch and Joyce Soesbee; and three brothers, Dewey Robinson, Ray Robinson, and Dolph Robinson.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at the Church Street Chapel at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home, with Rev. Stacey Harris officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home, and other times at the home of Steve and Carolyn Dotson, 1087 Brush Creek Circle, in Fairview.

Memorial donations can be made to Universal Healthcare Recreation Department, 86 Old Airport Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting


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