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Wilma Elizabeth (George) Kreager

September 23, 1920 ~ August 13, 2021 (age 100)


Wilma Elizabeth Kreager, 100, of Zanesville passed away Friday August 13th at the Morrison House.

Wilma Elizabeth George was born September 23, 1920 at the home of her parents, Jay C. and Maggie Perine George in Hopewell Township, Ohio.

She was the eldest of three children (Glenn - 1922, Richard – 1927).  She began her education in the one room George Ridge School house, later graduating in 1938 from the newly constructed Hopewell Rural School.

In June 1940, at the age of 19, Wilma obtained her teaching certificate from Muskingum College, after which she launched her teaching career at her Alma Mater.

Following that initial position she moved to Circleville, where she acted as a Girl Scout troop leader and enrolled at The Ohio State University, from which she obtained her B.A. in Education. She returned to the Zanesville area in 1947 and taught at Duncan Falls Elementary School.  

On April 15, 1950 she married George Henry Kreager.  From 1950 to 1964 she was a homemaker and mother to their three children, Carl Keith (1953), Kelvin George (1956) and Susan Kay (1959).  Previously a member of the Covenanter (Presbyterian) Church, after marriage she joined Finley United Methodist Church. Wilma was an active member of Ladies Aide and Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS).

In the fall of 1964 Wilma returned to teaching at Hopewell School, remaining until her retirement in 1980.  She and George enjoyed volunteering weekly at the school for the next several years

Following George’s death in 2003, Wilma continued to live independently in her home of 63 years until the age of 92.  Wilma moved into an assisted living environment in 2013, where she enjoyed a renewed social life.  During her years in her new home, Wilma continued to be quite active.  She particularly enjoyed attending Muskingum County Fair at the age of 98. 

Wilma was extremely dedicated to and proud of her family.  When asked later on in life about her most rewarding accomplishment, she responded that it was knowing her children and grandchildren had grown up to be productive citizens.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers.  She is survived by her three children and their spouses, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held Timber Run Cemetery.  A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date after the ongoing COVID pandemic subsides.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to Helen Purcell/Shinnick Center or the West Muskingum Academic Fund.


West Muskingum Academic Fund, 4880 West Pike, Zanesville, OH 43701

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