Dea Wilder

Obituary of Dea Jean Wilder

Dea Jean Henderson Wilder, 76, wife of Robert Wayne Wilder, died Friday, October 26, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.


Born in Holland, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Harold Henderson and Buena Homefield Henderson.


Mrs. Wilder was a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church.  She was a retired Activities Director at Cypress and Hampton Nursing Homes.


Mimi, as she was known by her grandchildren, was a loving mother, grandmother and friend that will be missed by many. She enjoyed fishing, yard saleing with her friends and her annual Caribbean cruises with her daughters.


Surviving are her husband of Sumter; three daughters, Wayne Wilder Lynch (Albert) of Sumter, Julie Wilder Marshall of Stafford, VA and Dea Denise “DeDe” Ethridge (Robbie) of Lexington; one brother; four sisters; six grandchildren, Webster Lynch (Marybeth), Christopher Lynch and fiancé Katherine Vendley, Spencer Lynch (Hayley), Zachary Marshall, Sara Ethridge, Wilder Ethridge and one great-grandson, Tripp Lynch.


Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Clay Smith officiating.


The family will receive friends from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Monday at the home, 2833 Porcher Drive.


Memorials may be made to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.


Online condolences may be sent to


Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.