Jan. 2, 1921-April 7, 2013|
Olive Bond Wilson, 92, passed away April 7, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Chestnut Hills Memorial Park in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on Tuesday, July 16 at 11:00 a.m.
Olive was born January 2, 1921, in Akron, Ohio, to Dayton and Bertha Bond.
Olive won the title of Miss Akron in 1937 along with other pageant titles. As Miss Akron she had the opportunity to meet and have her picture taken with Johnny Weissmuller. Mr. Weissmuller was a winner of five Olympic Gold medals and a movie actor best known for playing Tarzan.
Olive worked for Firestone where she met her future husband, Billie L. Wilson. They were married in September 1945 at Youngs Hotel on Portage Lakes. Billie L. Wilson was a Navy test and fighter pilot.
The Navy transferred the couple to many duty stations. In 1955, while stationed at South Weymouth Naval Air Station, outside of Boston, the couple hosted an officer function. Their guest of honor for the event was the then Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline. After several Naval tours of duty, the family was transferred to the Dallas Naval Air Station in 1956. They located their family in Arlington, Texas. Navy Lt. Commander. Billie L. Wilson was killed in a test flight in 1958.
After the death of her husband, Olive remained in Arlington to raise her family. She was employed at Royal Business Forms in Arlington for 14 years. She was an accomplished seamstress and milliner. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her children. Mrs. Wilson was an active member of the Naval Wives Club and member of Grace Lutheran Church of Akron.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LCDR. Billlie Wilson; brother, James Bond of Cuyahoga Falls; and sister, Lucille Wiley of California.
Survivors include, daughter, Georgeann Valentine; son, Marc Wilson and wife, Annette; daughter, Buttons Holland; grandchildren, Tammy Nelson, Ricky Valentine, and Billie L. Wilson; great-grandchildren, Olivia Valentine, Clayton Nelson, Cody Nelson, Clark Nelson and Nicholas Wilson; sister, Alice Kaylor Banning of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on July 14, 2013