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Wilma Jane Wills

Wilma Jane Wills died at her home in Hotchkiss after a long illness on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. She was 74.

She was born in Manchester County, Tenn., Aug. 4, 1941, to Velma Ruth Vaughn.

No services are planned at this time.

She was retired and disabled but previously worked in the musical instrument and printing industries and as a teacher and tutor. She and her husband have been residents of Hotchkiss since 1990, where they owned and operated Wills Gallery and Used Books and co-published the North Fork Merchant Herald monthly newspaper.

Mrs. Wills served two terms on the Hotchkiss Town Council and was co-founder of Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS). She was a member of Hotchkiss Community United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Thomas Wills of Hotchkiss; two daughters, Debra Sue (Donald) Ballenger-Feller of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Dawn Mauroff of Morocco, Africa; three grandchildren; her stepfather, Leroy Carrick of Elkhart, Ind.; a half brother, Leroy (Anita) Carrick Jr.; and a half sister, Patricia Carrick, both of Elkhart, Ind.

Memorial contributions may be made to the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders or to the North Fork Ambulance Association.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.

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