Dilys Jones Wilson
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Visitation for Dilys Jones Wilson will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Rose-Neath Funeral home at 1815 Marshall Street in Shreveport. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2012 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church located at 275 Southfield Road in Shreveport followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in Frierson, Louisiana. Officiating will be the Reverend Paul Martin.
Dilys Jones Wilson of Shreveport passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2012. She was born on June 21, 1920 in Cardiff Wales to Lydia and Arthur Jones. She moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois in 1929 where her mother's only sister and brother-in-law lived. She attended school there and graduated from Hyde Park High School then graduated from Goodman Theatre, a school for professional acting. After graduating, she was invited to come back and take leads in and direct plays. By then, she had met her future husband of sixty-three years, Thomas B. Wilson.
After the marriage of Dilys and Thomas on November 7, 1942, they lived in El Paso, Texas where he was stationed at Fort Bliss. Thomas served his country in Europe during World War II and was away for 2 ½ years. Dilys went back to her parents during this time and worked for the Navy Department. After the war, Dilys and Tom settled in Shreveport where he resumed his law practice. Dilys soon became involved in the community and worked with the Volunteers of America, The United Way Campaigns. Later on she spent 25 years on the Salvation Army Board and was also chairman of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. She acted in several Little Theatre plays and as a member of The Junior League, she organized and directed the children's theatre.
Dilys was active in St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was one of the original members of her church. She loved to sing and was a choir member at St. Paul's for over 20 years. She became a lay reader and organized the VIP Group which is a fun and social get-together for older church members.
Dilys is survived by her son, Thomas B. Wilson, Jr. and wife Marsha; grandchildren, Thomas B. Wilson, III, John Reid Wilson, Jordan B. Pearce and their families. She was also one of the final three remaining members of the Saturday Bridge Club which met monthly for sixty-five years.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Wilson's service are Thomas B. Wilson, III, John Reid Wilson, Walter Lamb, Malcolm Yarnell, Sam Beaudion, Joe Gilsoul and Jonathon Evans.
The family extends a special thank you to Clothile LaCour, Annie Stewart, Mary McConnell and Brenda Scott's caregivers for the special care and love shown to Dilys.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church (865-8469) or to The Salvation Army of Shreveport (424-3200).
Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2012