Marion Arlene Wilson was called home to be with her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ on August 12, 2012 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Eva Scribner and Herman Nelson on June 13, 1924 in Worcester, MA. She was married on October 31, 1948 to James Roger Wilson and would have celebrated 64 years of marriage this year. She served in the Army Air Corps from July 27, 1944-July 2, 1946 and held the rank of Staff Sergeant upon her honorable discharge. She received the following medals while enlisted in the Army, the Meritorious Award, the American Service Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. She was also a blue grass singer learning on her own how to play a guitar and performing before audiences. Her working career began at a bakery and then a retail store. In 1956 she and James left Massachusetts for Arizona and moved to Coolidge and then to Safford where she enjoyed picking cotton with the Native American women. She and James then moved to Douglas in 1957 where he worked for Safeway for many years and she was employed at Cochise County Hospital where she worked for 14 years as a nurse$B!G(Js aide and later helped develop the physical therapy program for the hospital with just her experience having no degree or education in that field. In 1976 she became the administrator of the Cypress Inn nursing home where she loved taking care of the elderly and worked there until 1983. Her last place of employment was the Douglas Drug where she retired in 1985 to help care for her grandson. She also helped Lita Turner with her restaurant Lotus Garden in the early eighties. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and served faithfully from 1959-1981. In 1981 she became a faithful member of Bible Baptist Church. Despite having arthritis she was able to climb a ladder in order to paint the church building at the age of 70 by herself. Her hobbies were loving and caring for her children and grandchildren, caring for the elderly, reading her Bible, praying, attending church, and taking care of and enjoying her animals. She has left five pugs and one cat behind who greatly miss her. She was always involved in church activities, the local 4-H club and the Cochise County Fair. She was preceded in the recent death of her spouse James Roger Wilson, her mother, her father and five siblings. She was the last living child. She is survived by daughters Kathleen Weiss of Fullerton, CA, Sandra O'Neil of Tucson, AZ, Rebecca Wilson of Douglas, AZ, and Amy Wilson of New York City, NY, grandsons Zachary Wilson (Janette) of Augusta, GA, Sean O'Neil of San Diego, CA, granddaughter Stephanie Minor of Guam and great grandson Devon Minor of Guam. Services will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bible Baptist Church, (1301 E. 15th St.) with Pastor James Pitts officiating. Burial with full Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Zachary Wilson, Sean O$B!G(JNeil, James Pitts, Luke Pitts, Jon Sharps, David Kirlin, and Vernon Cardwell
II Corinthians 5:8 KJV-"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord"
You are greatly loved and will be greatly missed our precious Mama and Nanny.
Brown Page Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, 364-3434