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Elizabeth Ann Wilson

Vancouver, Washington

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ELIZABETH ANN WILSON
April 8, 1922 ~ August 28, 2018

Elizabeth "Betty" Wilson, 96, passed away Aug. 28, 2018, surrounded by family, in the very home in which she helped raise three generations of children, in Vancouver, WA. She was born in El Paso, TX on April 8, 1922.
Elizabeth was a life-long learner who attended college courses well into her 90s. She earned multiple degrees, all after the age of 50: an AA at Clark College, a BS at Portland State University and, at 64 years old, a Masters in Psychology & Counseling from Lewis & Clark University.
Fiercely independent, incredibly smart and jaw-droppingly witty, Elizabeth was an avid and creative writer who described her published works as "nonsense".
Elizabeth worked for Department of Natural Resources and Naval Officer Recruiting. She served as an ombudsman and lobbied for the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities. Elizabeth is survived by her brother, Merle Keith Hutton; daughters, Polly Nugen and Morgen Elizabethchild; step-son, Bruce Wilson; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her adoring fan and husband, Wesley Wilson; daughter, Roberta Fox; and son, Larry Spear.
Celebration of Life will be held Sat., Sept. 29, 2018 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Clark College's Penguin Union Lounge (Gaiser Hall/PUB, Rm 161), Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Clark College Mature Learning Program, honoring Elizabeth's support of higher education opportunities for all ages.
Please sign her guest book @www.columbian.com/obits.

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A complex woman, who valued independence and life long learning. A supporter and encourager as we grew closer over the last dozen years. Two things come readily to mind - her Christmas letters and recipe for wassail that I use yearly. Rest in peace Aunt Betty. God's Grace be with your family.

REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU SHARED WITH SO MANY. WE ARE BETTER BECAUSE WE HAVE CALLED YOU FRIEND.

Our church is not the same without you every Sunday. You were such a bright light in our congregation. We are grateful we had you as long as we did. We shall always remember your wit and wisdom.

Elizabeth and I attended several Mature Learning classes together at Clark College. She was a true wit. Her writings were often whimsical though not always. I learned to know her better during the occasional 'rides home' that I was privileged to give her. She was a lady who knew what she wanted. She promoted Mature Learning at every opportunity given. Vancouver has lost a treasure.