Jinnie WILSON

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WILSON, Jinnie 10/6/1922 - 9/19/2017 Jinnie Wilson known as "the angel lady" will be missed by not only family and friends, but many organizations that she volunteered and supported. She was born and raised in Michigan, married at 18 to Ken Wilson who was soon summoned to serve 4½ years in the navy. Jinnie and Ken had two children, moved several times while raising children as Ken was transferred every 3-5 years working for U.S. Steel. Jinnie was a beauty operator and set up a business wherever they lived. She got involved in church and community projects. She worked for a photographer in Pittsburgh while helping to put two children through college. She loved doing brush texturing and was always willing to learn a new craft. While living in Pittsburgh she did major fundraising for the Pittsburgh Symphony Auxiliary, she loved fundraising and after retiring to Florida did fundraising for the Melbourne Symphony, the American Lung Association, Girls and Boys Clubs, and others. She volunteered over 5000 hours at the Melbourne Florida Regional Hospital and over 4000 hours in the emergency room. She and Ken volunteered 14 years working on the Senior Pro Am Golf Tournament at Sun Tree Florida. She also had a modeling career which started in Pittsburgh at a local department store, and it continued when in Florida and later here in Tucson for local clothing stores. Jinnie and Ken moved to Sun City here in Tucson in 1993 where she became president of the Sun City Singers for 14 years. She loved performing in variety shows, produced/directed 14 annual holiday shows, founded and organized a costume room, became an ambassador for newcomers, and was on a committee for renovation of the Sun City stage. In the past three years, she completed 130 hours of Tai Chi. She was always singing, whether for the CCC, churches, Sun City singers, or other community groups. She was on the board of greater Oro Valley Arts for Arts in the Park. She volunteered hours of time at the Golden Goose thrift shop and the Sun City gift shop. She volunteered hours at Oro Valley hospital either in patient admitting or the front desk for 24 years. She is survived by her daughter, Viv and husband, Steve Forgacs; son, Wayne Wilson and wife, Mary Jane; grandchildren, Kate McCarthy, Michael McCarthy and wife, Cyndie; Pat McCarthy and wife, Rhonda and Jenn Stingl and husband, Jason; brother-in-law, Joe Wilson and wife, Ruth; nephew, Rick Deyo. The five great-grandchildren, Cole and Saige McCarthy, Ally and Sean McCarthy and Kasey McCarthy will miss their G.G. She is best known as the angel lady making and donating her 1000 angels a year to churches, organizations, medical offices, health care facilities, or friends. She was an active healthy lady until diagnosed with cancer in April this year. She fought hard, but the cancer won. One of her favorite sayings was: "I may grow old, but I'll never give up!" Any donations may be made to the Sun City Community Foundation to be used for stage improvement. A Celebration of Jinnie's life will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Sun City Community Room, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., 85755. Arrangements by FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL.


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 24, 2017
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