Obituary of Norma Jean Wilson
Our Loving Matriarch, Norma Jean Wilson, 87, passed away at her home on August 12, 2015, surrounded by family and loved ones in Lake Wildwood, California. She was married to her husband and best friend Vernon Lee Wilson for 69 eventful and glorious years. Norma Jean Wilson was born on March 6, 1928 to Rosa N. & Frederick E. Donohoe of Centrailia, Illinois, where she met Vernon and was married at the age of 18. Always having a knack for numbers and organization, she worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for various organization and found her niche as a financial controller at Jaguar of Fresno, where she retired from in 1989. Having studied violin and considered a child prodigy, she learned piano on her own, as well as being a natural songbird. She continued her love for music by singing for many choirs her entire life, right up to this year with the Lake Wildwood’s Ladies Chorus. Norma also, from an early age, served many years as a faithful member of the Odd Fellows/ Rebecca Lodge, notedly appointed Noble Grand at the Fresno chapter in 1987. Norma and Vern were members at Grace Methodist Church in Yuba City in the 50’s/60’s, and recently at Twin Cities Church in Grass Valley, both of which she was a member of the church choirs. Norma’s service to others was who she was. Always involved and cheerfully wanting to help in any
way she could. She was greatly devoted to her family and was always there with a helping hand and an empathetic ear in times of need, many times having solutions that others couldn’t solve. Family, friends, and strangers were all witness to her generosity, quick wit, and loving heart. Continuously busy with projects or donating her time to many different causes, her skills as a talented seamstress and a wonderful cook always had her in demand and on the go. Even when her daughter asked her the night before the prom to make a dress, she stayed up late into the night and delivered the goods! Whether it was creating entire wedding party gowns or celebratory cakes and pies, she was never empty handed when it came to gatherings. She is survived by her loving and loyal husband Vernon Lee Wilson, her daughter Kathrin Rose Wilson, and Sons Frederick Lee Wilson & Winfield Scott Wilson, all of which preside in Grass Valley area. She also has 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren who she loved dearly. A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at Lake Wildwood’s Commodore park at 3pm on October 3rd.
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