I've known you all my life; as a lifelong friend of my Mom you were always a part of my families life. I remember making it to China (in slides) on your trip around the world. I also remember going to nearly every play put on during your career at Kimball as well as several of your performances. Always a highlight of the year was your great Christmas card. I still have them all. Miss you Lorna. Kevin
Lorna, you were a close friend to me and to my twin sister, Janice, who accompanied you on piano in many musical performances the two years we were classmates at East Lansing High. We kept in touch sharing our art works and each of us enjoyed your visits in the recent past. I'll miss those clever cards and letters!
Miss Wildon cultivated in me a love of theater and through her plays I developed confidence, determination, focus, and the ability to work with others towards a common goal. Her influence on me opened up so many doors for me. I would not be the same person without her teaching.
I didn't know you as a teacher but as a wonderful friendly neighbor. Your love for pets ,in particular Westies was our bond. Thank you for the times we got to chat while our dogs played together. You will be missed! Debbie Paradiso
Miss Wildon you will be missed. You changed my life with the drama club(1064-1969. You made me be Buddha in the King and I wish after that I knew I could do anything I set my mind to. You came to PDQ last week and I never called you "Lorna" it never seemed right but I loved when you called me Margie Marge Russell
I had the privilege of having Miss Wildon as an English Teacher and the Director of four plays I was in at ROK. From 4 lines in "I Remember Mama," to the lead in "Liliom" my senior year, she mentored, cajoled and inspired me to overcome any fear of speaking and performing in public. She also led me to a life long love of Theater. I regret I did not have the opportunity to tell her while she was alive. But what a wonderful legacy!
Bruce Thorburn, class of 1969
The most fun I had at Kimball High School was during the musical I finally got the nerve to try out for during my senior year. I think it was Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend. Something like that. Thanks Miss Wildon.
Lorna Wildon (she's giving me 'that look' for calling her Lorna) was an inspiring teacher, dedicated mentor, and a trusted leader. I also consider her my friend. She had a gift for seeing the potential in her students and figuring out how to draw that potential into the spotlight. Her lessons still influence me to this day. Rest in peace-
Miss Wildon inspired so many students! As a teacher, and as a gifted director, she helped many of us with stage fright to crawl out of our shells and have fun performing. I'll never forget how she encouraged me to stop ushering at the plays and try out for a part. She convinced me it was OK to be the only person on stage, playing the piano, as the curtain rose on the play "Stage Door" ... she had the brilliance to position the piano so that I was seated with my back to the audience, and it worked. I did not collapse! Her dedication to getting the best from all the students at KHS who were willing to be involved with any aspect of her great productions, and sharing her passion for the arts are gifts many of us, myself included, probably forgot to thank her for ... Thank You, Miss Wildon ... you have a permanent place in so many hearts! From a Member of the Kimball High School Class of 1970
Love you. God Bless and may you rest in peace.
I was an assistant stage manager my Freshman year in the greatest High School play ever performed, The King and I, starring Ellen Montgomery, Mike Abdullhad and Bruce Thorburn. I was Nels my sophomore year in I Remember Mama, starring Kathy Leavis, and was Danny Churchill the following year (a flop, I fear!) alongside Cathy Macpherson. The best was last, however, as a member of the chorus my Senior year in Lil Abner, with Dennis Green. We had an absolute blast, singing "If I had my druthers." Lorna Wildon was inspiring and relentless, and she was the prime cause of so many of us young Thespians having so many wonderful memories of the stage at good ole Kimball High.
Ms. Wildon gave me a path to high school fun by letting me do art for the plays (some of my first portfolio pieces!) and join the thespian activities. She made all the difference for this shy girl, and for so many of us in the arts. How she kept us all organized to turn out those big productions in the '60s, I'll never know! So glad she was part of our lives.
Thank you for steady direction given ever with patience and humor.
Miss Wildon you will be missed. I have such fond memories of you and your passion for the theatre. I was a member of drama club at Kimball for 4 years and loved every minute of it! Thank you for your support and encouragement. It allowed me to follow my passion and major in theatre at MSU! I won't forget you!
I'll always remember your dedication and your passion for doing the best possible job.
Miss Wildon, I hope you know how many lives you touched and how many people are so appreciative of what you spent your life doing. You had a way that inspired so many of us and we will never forget you!
I will be forever indebted to Ms. Wildon. It was her interest and faith in me that enabled me to get roles in 7 out 8 major productions in high school. Along the way, I gained self awareness and self confidence. Today, I think of her often in my job as a T'ai Chi instructor. We fitness instructors are all frustrated actors, after all. Without her prodding and her tenacity, I might have never crawled out of my shell. Lorna Wildon, may you rest in peace. You made a difference.