Rebecca Lane Wilson, a resident of Needham for four decades who charmed everyone she met with her sonorous Southern accent, design talents, and love of music and dancing, died on Friday, June 4. She was 73. The cause was glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain cancer. Her two daughters, Katie and Libby Wilson-Milne, were by her side until the end. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Rebecca was one of seven children born to Charles W. Wilson, a lawyer, and Claire P.Wilson, a social worker. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and received Bachelor's & Master's degrees from Louisiana State University. After working in teaching and advertising in Baton Rouge, Denver, and New York, Rebecca settled in Needham in 1982. In 1997, Rebecca founded RW Interiors, a home-design firm whose hallmark was warm, gracious elegance for contemporary lifestyles. Rebecca's interior designs have been featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Home and New England Home. She received several awards for her work, including a Rising Star Award from the New England chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association. Rebecca was active in the Needham Womens Club and the Greater Boston dance community. She kept an immaculate garden outside her home and was a frequent presence at local garage sales and music festivals. In addition to her daughters, she is survived by her five siblings: Linda Landry, Claire Bahlinger, Bill Wilson, Lon Wilson and Alex Prince. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Mary Scott Fergeson, and her grandson, Wilson Alexander Rudegeair-Milne. Donations in Rebecca's memory can be made to Common Ground Relief in Louisiana.
Published by The Needham Times from Jun. 8 to Jun. 16, 2021.