Barbara Mae Wilkins

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Barbara Mae Wilkins, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a cherished member of her community, passed away on May 20, 2023, in Mansfield, Ohio. Born on September 4, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Maranda and Bennie Crews. Barbara was a remarkable woman known for her passion for crafts and sewing.

Barbara’s spiritual journey began at Victory Temple Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, where she was an active and devoted member. After moving to Mansfield, she continued her faithful service at Greater Mitchell Chapel AME Church, where her presence and dedication were deeply valued.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved son, Scott Kelly Wilkins, as well as her brothers, John C. Moore, Randolph Moore, and Sipio Johnson. Although she will be dearly missed, her memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who loved her.

Left to cherish Barbara’s memory are her loving son, Michael Wilkins, thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and her sisters: Evangelist Nora Bean, Reverend Loretta Norris, and Roberta (Duane) Hill. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, all of whom were touched by her kindness, love, and warmth.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023, starting at 11:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 PM at the Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, Mansfield Chapel, located at 753 McPherson St. (formerly Williams Funeral Services). Barbara will be laid to rest at the Mansfield Cemetery Association.

To honor Barbara’s life and pay your respects, please visit, where you can find the complete obituary, order flowers, watch a video tribute, and offer condolences to the Wilkins Family.

Barbara Mae Wilkins will forever be remembered for her artistic talents, dancing, and her unwavering faith. She leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and joy that will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known her. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her family and friends find solace in the cherished memories they shared with her.

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  1. I send my deepest sympathies to the family of Barbara Wilkins from myself and granddaughter Naeshaun Wilkins. It brings sadness to our heart to hear of her passing. With tears in our eyes and love in our heart we send our love to all.


    Her spirit is circling
    as her mortal coil is at rest.
    She goes on to join family
    in a place of peace that is best.
    Our hearts were heavy when she left,
    but the joy of knowing her
    makes us less bereft.

    Peace & Love To All Family& Friends

  3. Loretta, Roberta and family I am so sorry for your loss. Pray that your fond memories of your lives together will bring you a measure of comfort. Death was never part of God’s plan but he promises to undo the pain and suffering that death brings to the loved ones who grieve over their loss. May his promise bring you peace.
    Love you
    Malinda “Lynn” Black

  4. Thank you, Aunt Barbara, for your unconditional love, your lessons, the general conversations and that unforgettable smile.

  5. Barbara is not lost she is asleep Dreaming of those she will meet
    First there is Jesus who said to be absent from the body is to be
    Present with me Then her son
    Scott and other family and friends to see.

  6. Danielle Parks

    Ms Loretta, Mrs Roberta, and family sending my love and prayers to you and your entire family for your loss may God’s comforting angels encamp around you and comfort you now. Love y’all.. Danielle Parks

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