Mrs. Wilson was born in Fort Wayne on February 27, 1921, a daughter of Clem F. and Margaret Edith (Wolford) Neher. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and graduated from North Side High School in 1939.
On December 7, 1940 she was married to Howard W. Wilson, and had lived at her present home in Smith Township in Whitley County for the past 61 years.
A 34 year employee of Sprint, she had worked there as a telephone operator, and retired in 1981 as an executive secretary. She was later employed at McDonald’s in Churubusco, and was affectionately remembered as “Grandma” to the staff and patrons there.
She attended the Churubusco United Methodist Church, and in her leisure time enjoyed needle work, quilting, reading, ceramics, fishing and also enjoyed traveling.
Mr. Wilson preceded her in death unexpectedly on July 2, 1981. The surviving relatives include her children Pamela Hinrichs and Cynthia A. (David) Crooks, both of Churubusco, James L. (Ann) Wilson of Decatur, Carl A. (Bonnie) Wilson of Larwill, Kenneth E. (Lana) Wilson and Keith E. Wilson, both of Pierceton, Jon H. (Cheri) Wilson of Spencerville, and Kevin P. (Sharon) Wilson of Philadelphia, Penn; 34 grandchildren, 81 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi Parks; two brothers, Jim Neher and Eugene Neher; and by two grandsons.
Funeral services were Monday, August, 24, 2009, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Rev. Coronne K. Boruff, pastor of Churubusco United Methodist Church, officiating.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6324 Constitution Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804.
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