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VIRGINIA ALEXANDER WILSON

VIRGINIA ALEXANDER WILSON Virginia "Ginny" Alexander Wilson, born in 1923 in Dallas, died in her home in Santa Fe on November 5, 2012. She is survived by her two sons, Christopher and Barry; and her husband of 63 years, Stacy Wilson. Ginny grew up on a farming ranch in Kaufman County, Texas. She attended the Texas State Women's College in Denton, getting degrees in Spanish, English, and Mathematics. These skills prepared her for her first job, deciphering codes for the War Department during W.W.II. During a vacation to England in 1948, she met Stacey. Their first date was rowing around Lake Windemere in the Lake District. The two were married in 1950 and spent a marvelous year in London before settling in the United States. Stacey's job as engineer moved the family from Lafayette, LA to Billings, MT to Oklahoma City to Cleveland. During that time, Ginny taught Spanish and helped develop a method for teaching Spanish called Real Communication. Then the Wilsons moved to Alaska where Ginny earned a graduate degree and worked with the Inuit tribe to preserve their language. The couple decide to retire in 1979 and move to Tesuque, NM where Ginny could be near her family and the Texas wildflowers she loved. After a family member become affected by mental illness, Ginny helped create the Santa Fe affiliate of NAMI. For 20 years, she attended every legislative and organization meeting related to mental illness, always ready to help families in need. Ginny continued to participate in NAMI and in a weekly Spanish group and remained a dear friend even as her hearing and eyesight failed. Ginny's Memorial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 Barcelona Road. All friends are invited.


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