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Obituary: Ann Marie Wilkinson, psychiatric nurse

 

Ann Marie Wilkinson, a longtime resident of Atherton, died peacefully on March 18 at her home in Redwood City. She was 62.

Ms. Wilkinson was born in New York City. She grew up in a household, where her father was an obstetrician and her mother a registered nurse. Ms. Wilkinson also devoted much of her life to medicine.

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in nursing in New York, Ms. Wilkinson moved to the Bay Area in 1969. She married George Wilkinson in 1974. She and her husband, a forensic psychiatrist, shared an office in Redwood City.

In 2006-2007, Ms. Wilkinson served as president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, California chapter, and in 2009 received the Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

For nearly 40 years, she maintained a psychotherapy private practice, in addition to teaching and supervising psychiatric physicians and advance practice nurses.

Committed to serving the community, Ms. Wilkinson served on the Child Care Coordinating Council of San Mateo County and, more recently, on the Grants Committee of the Sequoia Healthcare District. She was a Girl Scout leader and active with the Menlo Park City School District's PTA. An avid reader, she was a member of a women's book club for more than 20 years.

Ms. Wilkinson enjoyed neighborhood walks with her family and dogs, spring wildflower walks in Edgewood Park, strolls through Filoli's gardens, vacations and getaways with her husband, including frequent visits to a Hindu temple in Kauai, say family members. She was a role model for all who knew her, they say.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. George Wilkinson; three daughters, Lauren, Ashley, and Meredith; and her brother, Michael DeGiorgio.

The family welcomes donations in Ms. Wilkinson's name to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties (www.shfb.org), Save the Bay (www.savesfbay.org), and Pathways Hospice Foundation (www.pathwayshealth.org). This summer the family is planning a Save the Bay workday to honor Ms. Wilkinson by taking part in a local outdoor volunteer activity.

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