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Sister Madelene Wilson was born to the late William and Elsie Harrison Richardson in Hopewell, Va., on Oct. 20, 1922. She attended Hopewell Public Schools and graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in Hopewell, Va. She went on to Virginia State College (University) to earn her degree in cosmetology and she also was a seamstress.

She received Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Hopewell, Va., in 1935. She later united with Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Sister Madelene Wilson relocated to New York. She met and married Alfred Wilson. From this union one daughter, Gywn, was born. They were married for 25 years until Alfred's passing.

She joined the Amity Baptist Church in New York, under the pastoralship of the late Rev. James R. Moore, on March 30, 1969. Her faith and love for God was constant throughout her life and she served her church family faithful and was a dedicated member of the Rescue Ministry until her health began to fail. She was a very quiet and reserved. She was crowned with noble deeds and had a long and useful life. She not only had a personal interest in the Master's work, but also supported it liberally. She was a hearer and a believer of the Word. Though she is gone, she left an example of loving service, worthy of our emulation.

She was loved and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Sister Madelene Wilson leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Gwyn D. Wilson of Jamaica N.Y.; four grandchildren, Kimberly Wilson of Jamaica, N.Y., Ray, Tanisha and Jennifer Wilson, all of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one sister, Roberta Cornelius of Virginia Beach, Va.; three nephews, Arnold Harrison of Atlanta, Clarence Harrison Sr. of Hopewell, Va., and Lewis Harrison of Petersburg, Va.; and a host of other relatives and many dear friends.

A graveside service for Sister Madelene Wilson will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Appomattox Cemetery, 703 N. 21st St., Hopewell, Va.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Sister Wilson at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,
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Published in The Progress-Index on Apr. 1, 2013
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