Wilma Buckley


Wilma “Jean” Buckley departed peacefully from this life on Friday, March 10, 2017, with her family by her side.

Jean was born at home on July 5, 1940, to John Adam and Flora Ellen Warren near Somerset, Kentucky. She was married to Fred Buckley in 1963, and lived in the Columbus area for over 50 years. Although she was preceded in death on May 18, 2016, the two enjoyed many happy years together.

Jean was a natural red head; she wore long, painted fingernails and always looked spectacular. She was a beautiful person both inside and out, compassionate, kind and cared deeply for everyone, especially her family who she loved to surround herself. She enjoyed life, had a sweet tooth (always taking the piece with the most icing!) and was often the comedian trying to bring out happiness in everyone through a skilled game of euchre, a Scrabble challenge or fun trip to the casino.

One of her greatest joys in life is unquestionably the time she was able to share with her daughter, Teresa (Mike) Chapman of Rochester, Minnesota. The two had an instant spark of happiness whenever they were together and were always looking forward to their next visit. Jean often relied on her youngest son, Mark Buckley of Hope, to help her with life. He was her ROCK!

She also was close to her brother, Richard “Dick” (Cindy) Warren of Shelbyville; and her sister, Carolyn (Floyd) Ritz of Hope. Jean and Carolyn were often times inseparable, always helping one another along the journey.

Although Jean had a bountiful life, she also knew sorrow, having lost two sons, Randy (Beth) Buckley in 1989 and Kevin (Joanne) Buckley in 2012; as well as her grandson, Johnny Buckley in 2004. Through these great challenges she would look to God through scriptures like Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me”.

She was the very proud grandmother of Tim (Stacy) Chapman, David (Lisa) Chapman, Christina Frenstermacher, Aaron (Erin) Buckley, Joey (Caroline) Buckley, April Buckley, Katie (Chad) Runk, Jamie Buckley and Morgan Buckley; as well as 14 great-grandchildren; and her loving dog, Precious.

Jean was also very close to her nieces, Sabrina Jackson of Hope, Michelle Hoover of Westfield, Taylor Stover of Indianapolis and Cassie Warren of Shelbyville. She also enjoyed her many great nieces and nephews.

We will miss our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, but we will not forget the beautiful twinkle in her blue eyes and the glorious sound of her laughter.

The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Dereck Fields officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from noon until service time Thursday. Burial will be at Norristown Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Scipio United Methodist Church or the Jennings County Coordinating Council.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.