WILSON, Mary Elizabeth|
Mary Elizabeth Wilson, 92, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014. Mary was born in Santiago, Chile on September 29, 1921, to Lewis Samuel Richards and Maria Mercedes Valdes Salazar. She attended the National Conservatory of Music of the University of Chile in Santiago.
On June 7, 1947, she married the love of her life, Joe Foster Wilson, who was stationed with the U.S. Air Force mission in Santiago. They lived in Chile, in San Salvador, El Salvador, and at Air Force bases around the U.S. Besides maintaining the household, Mary developed an exceptional skill as a ceramicist.
In 1965, the family moved to Edinburg, Texas. She earned her MA in Language Arts from Pan American University in 1968. She attended the University of Grenoble, France, and the Sorbonne in Paris for graduate studies. She taught French and Spanish at Edinburg High School in the '60s and '70s and taught Spanish at Pan American University in the '70s.
In retirement, they moved to Austin in 1982, where they lived for over 30 years. She and Joe loved to travel the U.S. and the world, including trips for genealogical research and for Joe's woodworking crafts.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ethel; and half-sister, Aida; and her husband of 55 years. Mary is survived by her sons, Chester of Austin, Richard and Becky of Carbondale, Illinois, Paul and Marilyn of Friendswood; and nephew, Erik and Violetta Martinez of London, Ontario; 6 grandsons, 2 great grandchildren, 2 grandnephews, and a great grandnephew and great grandniece.
A private family graveside service will be held in Eastland, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to charities which support children in need in the U.S. and around the world.
Condolences may be made online by visiting www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 27 to June 28, 2014