Denise Wilkins Obituary

Denise Christine Wilkins
Denise Wilkins
Denise Christine Wilkins

February 3, 1968 - August 19, 2009
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Denise Christine Wilkins died August 19, 2009 after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Denise was born February 3, 1968 in Des Moines, Iowa to Henry and Christy (Selland) Wilkins. She graduated from Richland High School in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in chemistry from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In 1997, Denise received her pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

After graduating from Drake, Denise worked for the federal government as a pharmacist at the Fort Peck Indian Health Service in Poplar, Montana and the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico. She also worked as a pharmacist for Walgreens in various Iowa locations.

Denise is survived by her two children, Zachary and Ian; her sisters Kelly and Erika Eckley; her brother Joel; her mother Christy; her father and step-mother Henry and Carol; and her grandmothers Irene (Hand) Wilkins and Norma (Cole) Selland Derby.

Denise loved her children. She enjoyed playwriting classes at DMACC, watching Mel Brooks movies, crafting, reading, and caring for her pet birds.

The family would like to thank the many friends, relatives, volunteers, medical providers, and hospice workers who helped and supported Denise and her family through this time.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. A memorial fund will be established to help support Denise's children, Zachary and Ian.





Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
517 S.W. Des Moines Street
Ankeny, IA US 50023
Monday, August 24, 2009
11:00 AM