SHEFFIELD - Mary E. "Betty" Wilson, 91, passed into the next life at 10:20 a.m. Thursday (May 1, 2014) in Bradford Ecumenical Home following an extended illness.
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She was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Sheffield to the late Charles and Isabel Blanding Rice.
On May 28, 1948, in Sheffield United Methodist Church, she married William D. Wilson, who passed away April 2, 2012.
Betty graduated from Ulster High School in Susquehanna before moving back to Sheffield.
Betty retired as an inspector from Sylvania, where she was known as "eagle eye," and she earned the "Rosie the Riveter" moniker while working on torpedoes in a munitions plant in Detroit during World War II.
She enjoyed reading, collecting sea shells and ceramics, and she was a talented artist working in oil paintings. A favorite pasttime was crocheting baby blankets, but family and friends asked her to stop because every time a project was finished, someone became pregnant. In her eyes, nieces and nephews could do no wrong, so of course her place was favored.
Betty is survived by a daughter, Linda (Gary) Wilson Martin of Bradford; a sister, Harriet Reedy of Sheffield; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Rice of Warren and Irene Rice of Sheffield; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by seven siblings, Donald, George, Charles, Harry, Ormand, William and Ellen Louise.
Funeral and committals services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Borden-Lloyd Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Johnson, pastor of Sheffield United Methodist Church officiating.
Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and burial will follow in Warren County Memorial Park.
Borden-Lloyd Funeral Home
203 W Main St
Sheffield, PA 16347
Published in The Bradford Era from May 3 to May 10, 2014