Born: Sept. 20, 1922; in England
Died: April 13, 2014
Harriet Wilson, age 91, died peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014, with her daughter Ruth at her side. She was born on Sept. 20, 1922, in Darlaston, S. Staffordshire, England, to Henry and Annie May (Foster) Moreton. Harriet served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in WWII from 1940-1945. She was one of the first women trained on the then new radar detection system. While stationed on the southeast coast of England, she met her future husband Stan Wilson, a Canadian Army Officer. They were married on June 2, 1945 in Darlaston. After she was demobbed from the ATS, she came to the United States on a Canadian War Bride ship in 1946. Harriet and Stan moved to Chicago and stayed weekends at the Wonder Lake boarding house of Earl and Ruth Barnard across from the Mill Inn, in Wonder Lake. Later, they bought their home in Wonder Lake and happily lived there for 63 years. During this time Harriet helped Stan with the printing of the local Township News. She lived in Wonder Lake for 63 years, the past 5 years with her daughter Ruth in Round Lake and was a happy winter Snowbird in Sun City, Arizona. Harriet was a Sunday School teacher at Nativity Lutheran Church, a room mother at Harrison School, and also a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for many years. She also found time to work at the Admiral Corporation in McHenry. Later she worked in Science Research (SRA) in Lakemoor. She retired from Oak Industries in Crystal Lake. Harriet was a Lifetime Member of the Woodstock Women of the Moose Chapter 364. She was also a proud member, and Recording Secretary, of the McHenry American Legion Post # 491. One of her favorite obligations as a member of the American Legion was to present the American Legion Awards each year at Harrison School. She loved to knit, sew and garden.
She is survived by her daughter, Ruth (the late Robert) Cepuder; her grandchildren, Jennifer Thibault, Aaron (Jen) Cepuder, Sr. She was lovingly called GG by her great-grandchildren, Samantha and Alyia Thibault, AJ (Aaron) Cepuder, Jr., Cole and Zach Hedlund. She is also survived by her loving sister, best friend, and Snowbird partner, Gladys (the late Tom) Dockery of Woodstock; her sister, Joan (the late Tom) Moseley; brother, John (the late Dorothy) Moreton; sister-in-law, Betty ( the late brother George) Moreton; and like a sister, Ida Behling of Zion, IL. She was a very special 'long distance' great aunt to Valery (John) Russell, Jean (Sid) Martin, Peter (Julie) Moseley, Yvonne (John) Collins, Christopher (Jane) Moreton, Stephen (Sue) Moreton and their families who reside in England.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 63 years, Stan; infant son, Paul; sister May (the late Wm.) Pitt; and three brothers, Harry, Eric and George.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Harriet's caregiver Patricia, and Journeycare nurse Mary.
Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McHenry. The service will immediately follow.
Inurnment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harriet's memory to the McHenry American Legion Post #491, the Wonder Lake Food Pantry, or the Fire/Rescue Squads of either Wonder Lake or Fox Lake.
Service entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For further information call 815-385-2400.
Memorial services will be held in Sun City Arizona on April 25 at All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church and at a later date, St. Lawrence's Church in Darlaston, England.
Published in the Northwest Herald on June 8, 2014