Virginia (Ginny) WILSON|
7/14/1914 ~ 1/26/2013
Virginia left us in the early hours on January 26, 2013 to be with her Lord and all her family that has gone on before her. She lived a long and happy life and made those in her company happy as well. She was born in Golconda, IL, a little town on the Ohio river, where her father was a river boat captain and her mother a school teacher. She was the youngest of 3 children of Lacey and Indya Wade. She was a cheerleader at Golconda High School and could still give the cheers she had lead until well into her 90's. That always brought a smile. Virginia never had a shy bone in her body and was a very outgoing and gregarious person; warm and generous all her life. Even near the end of her life she would always say to her visitors "I wish I could offer you something to eat or drink".
She married Harry Wilson in August 1940 and together they moved briefly to San Francisco after he started his career with the FBI. They were soon transferred to Richland, WA in 1947 and lived there until 1960 when they relocated to Bellevue, WA. During those years, Virginia was busy as Royal Matron of the Order of the Amaranth, working as a church secretary, playing endless bridge foursomes and tournaments and achieving the distinction of becoming a Life Master. She was "hot" when she was holding the cards! She served as Secretary of the Vuecrest Community Association in Bellevue and was also elected to the Board of Directors. She fought the good fight to keep Bellevue a sleepy little bedroom community but that fight was one she did not win.
She was supportive of Harry when he became President of the Eastside Retirement Association and after many years of tireless work (after his retirement from the FBI and as Director of Security for the Bellevue School District) helped to build the Emerald Heights Retirement Community in Redmond. It was voted in the top 20 nationally and they moved in immediately after its completion.
Virginia made numerous new friends and started an Emerald Heights Retirement Center division of the Overlake Hospital/Bridle Trails Auxiliary's annual bridge tournament. She recruited a friend, Helen Wilson, to be her partner and at a celebration luncheon at Bellevue's Glendale Country Club, the Wilsons slammed the competition, winning not only their division but the overall tournament. It was a re-deal for the duo. They had won the whole thing four years previously. That tournament had raised nearly $100,000 for Overlake Hospital at the time, in 1998, when Virginia was 83.
Virginia loved to sing and the singing events at Emerald Heights were among her most favorite activities.
She and Harry were very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue from 1960 until their ages prohibited them from attending.
The family is indebted to the Emerald Heights Corwin Center staff for their loving care and for the respect shown her, allowing her to maintain her dignity. They are all truly the best and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 62 years, Harry, and her siblings Ralph and Mary and their spouses. She is survived by her son, Harry (Barbara), grandchildren Danielle, Chris, Mike and Caroline and 6 great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are her brother-in-law George T. Wilson and nephew Harry Maynor.
Remembrances may be made to the Emerald Heights Benevolence Fund, 10901 176th Circle NE, Redmond, WA 98052, or to a
A service to celebrate her life will be held in the near future at Emerald Heights.
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Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 3, 2013