Miriam Louise O'Leary Wilson

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Miriam Louise O'Leary Wilson, lifetime resident of North East, died at home, on Monday, August 18, 2014.

She was born on March 4, 1945, in Erie, Pa., to the late Dr. Marcellus Raymond and Irene Miriam Wilson O'Leary.

Louise was a graduate St. Gregory High School. She continued her education at St. Mary's College, in Notre Dame, Indiana, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and at Gannon University, receiving a Master Degree in Counseling Psychology.

She was employed at Safe Harbor Behavior Health, in crisis services, for over 15 years in Erie, and was a member of St. Gregory Church in North East.

Louise was an avid reader, enjoyed nature, baking, and spending time with her family.

She was known for her sweet nature, selflessness, sincerity, warmth, and infectious laughter. She was also a very creative, gifted, and talented artist.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marcia O'Leary; infant sister, Irene Kathrine O'Leary; nephew, Michael Ring; brother-in-law, William Ring; and sister-in-law, Barbara O'Leary.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Dennis Wilson, whom she married July 24, 1998; her children, Michael Dunlavey (Katie) of Utah, Kyla Dunlavey of Washington, D.C., Ryan Dunlavey (Cora) of Philadelphia, and John Dunlavey of Washington, D.C.; stepchildren, Jennifer Sholtis (Dr. Sam Sholtis) of State College, Michael Wilson, Craig Wilson, and Christopher Wilson, all of Erie; brothers, Dr. Robert O'Leary of North East, James O'Leary (Marilyn) of Michigan, George O'Leary (Sandy) of Waterford, and Dr. Joseph M. O'Leary (Kim) of North East; sisters, Patricia Ring of North East, Anne O'Leary of North East, and Rebecca Devine (Attorney David Devine) of Edinboro; grandchildren, Keegan, Ellen, Torin, Rex, Jacob, and Anja; great-granddaughter, Molly-Jane; and also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and are invited to attend a prayer service on Friday at 10:00 a.m., at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., at St. Gregory Church. Interment will be in St. Gregory Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered in her name to Mount Saint Benedict (Benedictine Sisters of Erie) https://www.eriebenedictines.org or Community Nursing Services of North East http://www.northeastnurses.com/who-we-are/.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2014
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