U.S. mail carrier Lisa Rudisill Wilkerson died Saturday in Denver, N.C. when a large tree fell onto her mail truck during a severe thunderstorm.
The 43-year-old’s death was a shock, Wilkerson’s mother Alene Rudisill said.
Wilkerson lived in Sherrill’s Ford and had two children, a son, 19, and a daughter, 22. Her daughter is pregnant with Wilkerson’s first grandchild, a boy, Rudisill said.
“She was really looking forward to this grandbaby,” she said. “She already had a nickname for him – Peanut.”
Rudisill said Wilkerson had worked as a mail carrier for 11 or 12 years and will be remembered as “a good-hearted worker.”
“I never met anybody who didn’t like her,” she said.
The 60-foot oak tree that hit Wilkerson’s truck fell from the yard of a home owned by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., on Norman Court, off Lakeshore Road North in the Westport community.
On Saturday, McHenry said he wanted to reach out to the family and express his condolences.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has ruled the incident an act of nature and closed the case, public information officer Larry Seagle said Monday.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton. Wilkerson’s funeral will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Amity Baptist Church in Iron Station.