Marion Bennett Wilson
1928 - 2021
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Marion Wilson, 92, formerly of Williamsburg and Smithfield, Virginia died on January 17. She was born to parents Marion S Bennett and Ruby Louise Coleman, on the 26th of June, 1928 in Smithfield, Virginia. In 1950 Marion married James Ricks Wilson, Jr., her husband of 64 years.Marion and her family moved to Williamsburg in 1956. In 1965 she and her husband began managing Stair & Company Ltd. located in Merchants' Square. In 1972 they purchased the antique business and renamed it Ricks Wilson Ltd. Both retired in 1983 and moved to Smithfield in 1990. During her life, Marion used her talents and spiritual foundation to positively impact her community and everyone she encountered. Music was a very important part of Marion's life. She was a founding member of the Madrigal Singers of Williamsburg. She sang in the choir at Bruton Parish Church and Christ Episcopal Church in Smithfield. Marion considered her most important work to be her stewardship and commitment to Christian fellowship, and to "raising the whole spiritual level of the church family". She was an educational leader at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, and Christ Episcopal Church in Smithfield. Marion leaves behind a legacy of love. Daughters Carol Smith (Steven) of Ridgway, Colorado and Joan Foley (Gary) of Mill Creek, Washington; granddaughters, Sophie Hardin Bennett Smith and Carly Ricks Smith Parker (Edison); and countless friends & family members in the Tidewater area of Virginia. When it is safe to travel and meet together with family and friends, a celebration of her life will be held in Smithfield, VA at Christ Episcopal Church. Memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 111 South Church Street, Smithfield, Virginia 23430, or Christian Outreach Program, PO Box 253, Smithfield, Virginia 23431. Final arrangements were made by Crippin Funeral Home of Montrose, Colorado. Family and friends are encouraged to post condolences and memories at

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Published in Virginia Gazette on Jan. 27, 2021.
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January 28, 2021
Since I have known Marion, her life has been full of music, friends, church, and family. Her life was grounded in prayer. I can hear her laughter now. She was a very caring and thoughtful person - full of compassion. She is missed by her church congregation, friends and music professionals. She was a member and soprano of the professional group known as The Colonial Williamsburg Madrigal Singers where she sang for many years. I enjoyed singing with her at Christ Episcopal Church in Smithfield, and greatly appreciated her commitment to the concert series, Sundays at Four, where she was the treasurer and a founding member. She is definitely missed.
Mary Cole
January 28, 2021
Marion Wilson was a wonderful person, a role model to me and to many others. More than anyone, Marion showed me how to be a Christian. I treasured her friendship, and will never stop missing her. God bless her family at this sad, difficult time. ~ The Rev. Shari Bledsoe
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