Winifred J. "Winnie" Wilson, age 85, of Marion, passed away 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Parkway Manor of Marion.
She was born in Galatia Saturday, May 28, 1927, the daughter of Gill and Madia (Gentry) McConnell.
Winnie, as she was known, attended school in Galatia and was a graduate of Galatia High School.
She was united in marriage to Leonard Dale "Lyndale" Wilson in the First Baptist Church of Galatia, Saturday, Oct. 18, 1947, and together they shared over 64 years of marriage until his death on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011.
Early in her lifetime she worked outside of the home for a short time, but for most of her lifetime she enjoyed being at home seeing to the needs of her family and managing her home.
She was a member of the Spillertown Baptist Church, where she regularly attended and was actively involved.
After her husband's retirement they bought a Dodge Dually Truck and a 36-foot fifth-wheel camper. From 1984 until 1994 they would travel to Florida, near Kissimmee, each year to spend the winter. They also made many trips out west visiting family and touring the country.
In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo, doing needle work, knitting and crocheting, caring for her flowers and plants and listening to and watching Cardinal baseball. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends. The memories that have been created will now be cherished by those she leaves behind.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dale "Squeak" and Pat Wilson of Marion; three granddaughters, Jo Anna Roth of Pittsburg, Angie Shannon of Marion and Valerie Long and her husband Eddie of Marion; grandson, Andrew Wilson of Carbondale; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Long of Marion; two great-grandsons, Michael Wilson and Brandon Long both of Marion; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Simon Muestermann of Marion; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Maddie McConnell of Mountain Home, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Violet L. "Ruby" Petersen and husband Gayle of Marion; her special companion terrier, Buster, along with other extended family and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Virginia Sullivan; and brother, Pete McConnell.
Arrangements for Winifred J. "Winnie" Wilson have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., of Marion.
The time of visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2012, at the funeral home.
Following the time of visitation, the funeral service will be 1 p.m. with the Rev. Steve Shea presiding.
Interment will follow next to her husband, Leonard Dale in Egyptian Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Energy.
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