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ANDREE DESIREE WILSON


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ANDREE DESIREE WILSON Obituary
WILSON, Andree Desiree Died peacefully in her sleep at home in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, with her family by her side on Saturday, October 15, 2016. She was deeply loved and cherished by her husband Richard Wilson and their six children. She was likewise loved and admired by all who knew her. Her warmth, humor, generosity, and genius in her garden brought joy to countless people. Andree was born January 6, 1928 to Blanche Irene (Gaebel) DuMond and Jesse William Monroe DuMond in Pasadena, California, and grew up there with her sister Adele Panofsky. She met her husband Richard Wilson in the fall of 1951, and they were married on January 5, 1952. They lived and traveled the world together for over 63 years. A strong supporter of world peace movements, Andree marched in the Vietnam War protest on the Mall in Washington, DC in May 1971. After raising their six children, in 1981, she enrolled at Massachusetts College of Art to study photography. Graduating with a BFA in 1989, she focused her camera on rock quarries, thickets and trees, and showed her work at the South Shore Arts Center. Andree's greatest joy was working in and designing her garden in Newton Centre, which she shared for years with her beloved cat Ms. Featured on WCVB TV in 1995, her garden won the City of Newton Beautification Award in 2004, and has been an oasis for many who visit. Andree was active with the American Iris Society, the Historic Iris Preservation Society, the Newton Garden Tour, and the Newton Conservators, with whom she was involved in preserving the Webster Vale. Andree is survived by her husband Richard Wilson, Mallinckrodt Professor Emeritus of Physics at Harvard University; sister Adele Panofsky; children and their partners: Steven R. Harrison and Deborah G. Tatar, A. Christopher Wilson and Rita K. McMahon, Michael T. Wilson and Lisa Greenleaf, Nicholas G. Wilson and Carol Anne Freeman, Elaine S. Wilson and Bradley D. Farnsworth, Andre A. Wilson and Perry Silverschanz, Peter J. Wilson and Julie Whitmore; grandchildren Benjamin W. Farnsworth, Irene D. Farnsworth, Tyrone J. Whitmore-Wilson, Galen S. Harrison and Adrian R. Harrison. She is also survived and will be deeply missed by dear friends and companions of her life, especially Angela Aaronson, Bethune LaBeach, Stella Mettle, Aracely Sosa, Efrain Rodriguez, Barbara Trainer, Andrea Roman, Juliette Godson and many others. A memorial service will be held at Eliot Church (www.eliotchurch.org) in 474 Centre Street, Newton Corner on November 12 starting promptly at noon. A reception will follow at the church. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Andree's honor to Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) or to The Trustees of Reservations (preserving Massachusetts land, nature, and historic places - www.thetrustees.org). For guestbook, please visit www.lehmanreen.com. Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home 617 782 1000 Brighton

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