Obituary of Lillian Gertrude Brink Wilson
Lillian Gertrude Brink Wilson was born on July 16, 1926 in Pueblo, CO to Charles and Olive (Gibson) Brink. Lillian was the oldest of four children. She passed away on May 9th in her daughter’s home. She was 92.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Service will follow in the chapel at 10:00 a.m.
Lillian’s family moved to Canoga Park, CA from Salida, CO when she was sixteen. She attended Canoga Park High School where she was a drum majorette in the marching band. After high school, she worked as a messenger at Birmingham Military Hospital for the sick and wounded World War II soldiers. A year later, in 1945, she attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, UT. On June 24, 1946, Lillian married Don W. Wilson in the Salt Lake Temple. They lived in Canoga Park, CA where Lillian stayed at home to raise their five children. After Don’s retirement in 1979, they moved to Grass Valley.
She loved playing tennis, listening to Big Band music and dancing. She also enjoyed collecting antiques and decorating her home. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many positions.
Lillian had a deep sense of patriotism and loved her country. Her entire home is decorated in early American red, white and blue, stars and stripes, and she always wore red, white and blue. She was the Co-Grand Marshall in the 2011 4th of July parade in Grass Valley. Her home was also featured in a magazine. Her home was a showcase but her life was the real treasure. She was a true American, a grand lady. She loved her family and will truly be missed.
She is survived by her younger sister Charlene Gudmundson, her sons Mark, Bruce and Matthew Wilson, and her two daughters Kathryn Wilson Thomas and Lori Wilson Coulter. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren; Don, Shara, Justin, Jennifer, Zachary, Spencer, Jason and Brianna. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren; Alana, Kaitlyn, Noah, Callie, Allison, Jakob, Aiden, Jaxon, Shane and a baby boy due in November.
She is preceded in death by her husband Don; parents Charles and Olive Brink and younger brothers William and David Brink.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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