SIKESTON -- Amy Irene Wilkinson McCord, 85, died March 17, 2012, at her home in Sikeston.
Born Feb. 15, 1927, in Louisiana, Mo., to the late Carl Crow Wilkinson and Ruth Barrow Wilkinson, she was a graduate of Sikeston High School, where she was a Red Pepper, and attended Kansas State University. She was a member for 64 years of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Sikeston where she served on the Outreach Department, on various pastoral search committees and as a deaconess as well as taking on other duties. She was also a lifelong member of the Christian Women Fellowship's morning circle. She was a den mother for both of her sons' Cub Scout troops, and was a Girl Scout leader for her daughter's troop. She volunteered at Missouri Delta Medical Center and served on the Sikeston Public Library Board. For many years, she enjoyed playing bridge with her bridge club. She loved the community of Sikeston and often said that she had no desire to travel to other places because she already lived in the place she loved the most.
On Sept. 3, 1947, she married Robert Allen McCord Jr., who preceded her in death on May 17, 2003.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by: one daughter, Carolyn Jean McCord; one sister, Carolyn Wilkinson Johnson; one brother, Carl Crow Wilkinson, Jr.; and one nephew, Robert Johnson.
Survivors include: one brother and sister-in-law, Jerome and Meg Wilkinson of Tuscumbia; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Allen III and Mary L. McCord of Sikeston, Sam McCord and girlfriend, Paula Lambrecht of Columbia; three granddaughters and a grandson-in-law, Kimberly McCord of Oak Park, Ill., Elizabeth McCord of Sikeston and Emily (whose mother, Judith Crismon Thornhill, remained a dear friend) and Alexander Ruegg of Piedmont; two great-grandsons, Frederick and James Ruegg; and six nieces, Amy Johnson Hodges, Patty Johnson Hogan, Rebecca Wilkinson Knopp, Jessica Wilkinson Ballenger, Janie McCord Kaiser and Cyndi McCord Seal.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at First Christian Church in Sikeston where the memorial service will follow at 1 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are by the Ruegg Funeral Home of Piedmont.
Online condolences may be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com.
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may be made to:
a memorial fund at
the First Christian Church