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Mary Lee (Bradley) Wilson

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Mary Lee (Bradley) Wilson Obituary
Mary Lee (Bradley) Wilson, 78, achieved eternal peace on February 25, 2017, after a long, brave and hard-fought battle with cancer. Her daughter and son were at her side.

Mary "Lee" was born on December 12, 1938, in Jacksonville, TX, to Carl Eugene Bradley and Elizabeth Jan (Denniston) Bradley. She graduated high school in Jacksonville where she began many friendships that lasted her entire lifetime (the "Wildflowers"). She loved to dance, especially the jitterbug and Texas two-step, and was a member of an equestrian square-dancing group.

She moved to Houston after high school and worked for an attorney, then met and married Guilford "Bud" Wilson and had two children, Elizabeth "Beth" and Bradley "Brad". She also became step-mom to Bud's son, Mike, from a previous marriage.

Lee was an entrepreneur. She moved to New Braunfels, TX, following her divorce in 1985, and opened a restaurant, Lee & Mindy's, which grew to be very popular among locals and tourists. After visiting many times and falling in love with the mountains and people in Cloudcroft, NM, she relocated to Cloudcroft in 1994. With her partners, Lee remodeled and opened The Crofting Bed and Breakfast. Her clientele was almost exclusively guests who had stayed at The Crofting previously, they returned time and again to see Lee as she was an amazing host and new friend to all of her guests. Lee also made a lifelong group of friends in Cloudcroft. Some came to be known as Wild Women of Cloudcroft ("WWC"). Lee's friends were part of her family. Lee's "second" home was San Francisco, where Brad lives. Her favorite restaurant was Anchor Oyster Bar and her many visits there made her a local; her favorite dishes were Cioppino and oysters.

When Lee went into hospice care in 2015 she moved in with Beth in Cloudcroft until her condition necessitated that she move off the mountain for more intensive care. She was so fortunate to find the staff and residents at The Aristocrat in Alamogordo, NM, for her care in her last 1-1/2 years of her life. She made many friends at The Aristocrat and was blessed by the caring and professional environment there; words cannot express how much they are all appreciated. Her many long-term friendships are also appreciated and played a significant and vital role in the enjoyment of her life, especially at and near the end. Lee's children appreciate the support and contributions from her friends.

Lee never met a stranger and was fondly remembered by everyone she met, even if briefly. She always wore a smile and was full of laughter, quips and jokes no matter what the situation. Lee loved playing tennis in her earlier years and was a good Bridge player. She will always be remembered for her artistic talents, especially her beautiful oil paintings. She loved landscapes with horses, barns and windmills, to name a few. Her paintings are a legacy that will always be treasured by friends and family. She took any chance to travel and was always up for an adventure. Lee and her grandson, Cyrus, had a great time together and loved each other immensely.

Lee was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elizabeth Bradley, and her older brother, James Bradley. She is survived by her son, Bradley Wilson, of San Francisco, CA; her daughter, Elizabeth (Wilson) Mitchell, and grandson, Cyrus Mitchell; her brother, Russ Bradley (Colleen), of Houston, TX; her step-son, Mike Wilson (Becky) of College Station, TX; several nieces and nephews, and countless friends who loved her dearly as family.

Cremation has taken place according to Lee's wishes. A celebration of life will be held in April to remember Lee and all that she meant to so many people. A graveside service will be held at James Canyon Cemetery prior to her life celebration. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Alamogordo Home Health Care & Hospice or any hospice organization, as well as any veteran's organization.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 8 to Apr. 7, 2017
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