Nellie Wilson, 1917-2011

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Nellie Christine Wilson passed away May 24, 2011. She was 93 years old.


She was born Dec. 27, 1917, to Clyde and Wilhelmina Williams. She was raised in Tonkawa, Okla, the eldest of six children. She was offered a scholarship to New York and turned it down at her father's request to attend college in Oklahoma, where she obtained a master's degree in teaching. Her first assignment was in a one room school house.


During World War II she served in the Women's Army Corp. She was proud to be the second person to be discharged after the war.


She met the love of her life, Ian (Scotty) Wilson, and they married Nov. 1, 1947.


He proceeded her in death after 55 years of marriage.


She is survived by her children, Ian James Wilson of Clearlake Oaks, Calif.; Maryosa Wilson Sinnett of Las Vegas, Nev.; Nellie W. Wilson of San Jose, Calif; four grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


She had many accomplishments during her life. She was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Royal Matron of the Royal Order of Amarantha as well as having several grand offices. She was a member of The Lady's Auxilary, Moose Lodge, League of Women Voters, Eagles and the Lions.


She was voted Teacher of the Year in San Jose and retired at age 70, when she retired to Clearlake Oaks in 1988.


She continued her love of teaching by teaching Sunday school at Clearlake Oaks. She enjoyed working on community committees until her health began to fail.


She was loved by all that knew her and will be greatly missed.


Viewing to be held at Jones and Lewis Memorial Chapel at Lower Lake on Wednesday, June 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Services will be held on Thursday, June 2.