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Wilma A. Demarest

July 4, 1934 - May 17, 2022
Fort Myers, FL



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The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point
15010 Shell Point Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Life Story / Obituary


Wilma Alice Demarest passed away at the age of 87 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, FL. She was born July 4, 1934 in Passaic, NJ, and was the daughter of the late Berthold and Erika Rumminger. Wilma (Willie) grew up in Bergen County, NJ, and lived in Fairfield and Trumbull, CT, from 1958 to 2007, before moving to Fort Myers and residing at Shell Point for over 15 years.

Willie graduated from Hasbrouck Heights High School in NJ, and then attended Bob Jones University and Fairleigh Dickenson University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She married Gilbert (Bud) Demarest and moved to Connecticut in 1958. She was a woman of faith and a member of Black Rock Church in Fairfield for many years, where she served in several capacities and enjoyed singing in the choir. In 2007, Willie retired from a distinguished career in real estate that spanned over 30 years in Fairfield County. Her life was marked by resourcefulness, hard work, and serving others. She enjoyed athletics, especially swimming, and living on Pinewood Lake in Trumbull. Willie was very creative, pursued many artistic interests and was known for her love of fashion.

Surviving are her children, Scott Demarest and his wife Cynthia, of Loudon, TN, and Wendy Bradley of Lago Vista, TX; grandson, Drew Demarest and his wife Jacqueline of Swansboro, NC; great-grandchildren: Noah, Emmie and Thomas Demarest; brother, Walter Rumminger of Anderson, SC; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Timmy Demarest; her brother, Elmer Rumminger; and her son-in-law, Ben Bradley.

Her life will be honored with a private family service in Wisconsin, where she will be buried. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point for the benefit of The Home Hospice Fund. The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point: 15010 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908