Treasure Arlene Wilkins's Story
Treasure Arlene Wilkins Mercurio, 71, returned home to her Heavenly Father on May 14, 2016. Treasure was born September 5, 1944, in Lynn, Mass., to Dexter and Mary (Wood) Wilkins, and was the third of six children. She graduated from Gloucester High School in 1962, and worked at various jobs as a nursing assistant, counting shoes, and as a nanny. Although she lived for a short time in Utah and Florida, Gloucester was always her home.
Treasure’s belief in Jesus Christ was strongly rooted, and she proudly identified herself as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she faithfully served others as a youth teacher and missionary. Her unwavering testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ guided her throughout her life. She enjoyed volunteering and helping others, and was especially devoted to helping the mentally ill. She was also a past Worthy Advisor of Rainbow Girls of Gloucester Assembly, and belonged to Martha Washington Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
Her greatest joys derived from family associations, and she reveled in their accomplishments. She was a constant companion to her grandchildren at sporting events and plays, devising crafts at home, always willing to assist with projects and hosting sleep-overs.
Treasure leaves behind her three children, Warren Durgin, Ruthie (Dupuis) Exama and husband Lesly from Gloucester , and Dorothy Ross of Sunrise, Fla. She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Patricia Kay Durgin. She leaves behind five grandchildren, William Dupre and his wife, Caydee of Fort Pierce, Fla., Katelyn Durgin, and as well as Alexis, Marissa and Jada Treasure Exama. Her great-granddaughter, Cali Grace Dupre, was the apple of her eye. Treasure is also survived by her sisters, Patricia Garland of Meredith, N.H., Marion (Candy) Gordon of Bedford, Mass., Dorothy (Dolly) Scott of Newmarket, N.H., and Martha Brodman of Derry, N.H. She was predeceased by her brother, Dexter (Butch). Treasure shared a special friendship with Bill and Madeline Jack of Rowley, Mass., and a special sister Laura Smith of Gloucester, and her sons, George Dymond, Glenn and David Whalen, as well as many nieces, nephews, and beloved close family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel at 9 Jewett Street, Georgetown, MA, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 11 a.m., with a viewing prior at 9:30 a.m. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m., at Dolliver Cemetery in Gloucester. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  May 16, 2016