Wilson, Doris Prag beloved wife, mother and friend, died peacefully at the age of 74, on October 18 2013, following an 8 month struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, James J. Wilson, her children, Kathleen Wilson, Sharon Wilson Geno, Julia Wilson Pendleton, James M. Wilson, and Laura Wilson Hoefler; her son-inlaws and daughter-in-law, Jason Geno, Michael Pendleton, Tabitha Wilson and Michael Hoefler, and by her beloved grandchildren, Anna and Adam Pendleton, Olivia and Elise Geno, Sophia, Ella and Colin Wilson and Ava Hoefler. She is also survived by her brother, James (Carol) Prag. She was proceeded in death by her brother Thomas S. Prag, S.J. Doris grew up near Carondelet Park in South St. Louis, the only daughter of Severin and Helen Prag. She attended St. Stephen the Promartyer School, St. Elizabeth Academy and was the first graduate of the Deaf Education Department at Fontbonne College. Following graduate work at Northwestern University, she taught at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf before leaving her career to raise her five children. Doris was a selfless volunteer who used her impeccable organizational skills to support the fundraising efforts of various organizations including Habitat for Humanity È St. Louis, Fontbonne Community Connection, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, Cor Jesu Academy, and St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, among others. She always preferred behind the scenes roles, not wanting to draw attention to herself in any way. Doris traveled around the world having visited all seven continents and virtually all of the 50 states. She led an active lifestyle which included hiking, playing competitive tennis and daily walks around Francis Park. In addition, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, and following local sports teams, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. Far and away, Doris's greatest joy was in being a devoted mother and grandmother. She could always be counted on for a story, a treat or a hug by any grandchild who needed one. Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 6303 Nottingham Ave. The family will receive visitors at the church before mass beginning at 10:15 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis at www.habitatstl.org or the Society of St. Vincent DePaul È St. Louis at www.svdpstl.org. Special thanks to Home Care Assistance and Bethesda Hospice Care.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Oct. 20, 2013