Edith M. Wilson born 1925 in Tampa, FL shared her kind smile and positive outlook on life with everyone she met for 94 years until her passing on March 7, 2020.
Family was a priority throughout Edith’s life and she was often heard saying, "I have the best family.” She raised her five children with unconditional love, providing nonjudgmental support and guidance. Edith saw the goodness in everyone she met. She always had a smile on her face and aspired to avoid saying negative things about anyone or anything. She was witty and had a quiet, yet deep sense of humor. Her love will live on through her family and friends.
In 1929, Edith moved to Lutz, FL with her parents Mary and Frederick Marchman and her older brother Fred. At that time, her family started attending the First United Methodist Church of Lutz, where she was an active member throughout her life. She attended Lutz Elementary School in the old, red-brick school house that still stands in the center of Lutz and where Edith’s mother Mary (Drake) taught. During her college years, she studied early childhood education at Bob Jones and Peabody Colleges in Tennessee. Edith married Claude Wilson in 1948 and raised their five children in Tampa.
Edith was an active member of the church, holding various positions such as Director of Children's Education and founder of “Saints Alive,” a senior social group. She was a fifty-plus year member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization, where she held all the officer positions at one time or another. Even into her 80’s, she compiled the chapter’s annual yearbook on her computer. Edith was also a past member of the Orange Blossom Garden Club and held various officer positions there as well. Someone once exclaimed, “Edith was the best President the club ever had!”
Edith and Claude loved the Smoky Mountains and purchased land and an old cabin outside Bryson City, NC in the 1960’s. The two of them spent time there each summer and often returned again in the fall to see the leaves change. In the 1980’s, they built a second home on the property that had quite a few more creature comforts than the old cabin. Throughout the years Edith loved sharing this special place with her family and friends.
Over the past 4 years, Edith lived with her daughter Suzanne and Joe at their home located on the Lutz “family property” where Edith grew up. The family is eternally grateful for the genuine love and care provided to Edith by Suzanne, Joe and Edith’s son Woody. No one could have shown more compassion than these three. The family would also like to thank friend Nina Wiggins for her assistance in the care of Edith. Toward the end of her earthly journey, Edith had the love and companionship of at least one of her children constantly by her side.
Edith was preceded in death by: Parents Frederick Marchman and Mary (Marchman) Wetherbee; brother Fred Marchman; husband Claude; son Claude, Jr.
Edith is survived by her loving family: children, Suzanne Wilson (Joe Moon), Terry Wilson (Cobi), Woody Wilson (Colleen Johnson), Marilu Wilson Pena (William); grandchildren, Jennifer, James, Thomas, Matthew; 2 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Betty Taylor; 1 niece; 2 nephews; 3 cousins. Loved by many, too numerous to list, who called her "Mom" or "Grandma".
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current health crisis and gathering limitations, The Celebration of Life planned for March 24, 2020 must be cancelled.
Please view the Edith Wilson Celebration of Life video by clicking on the tribute wall.
At your next sighting of a butterfly, please pause to think of Edith, and say a prayer to celebrate her wonderful life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church of Lutz; P.E.O. Sisterhood; or a charity of your choice.
"ENTRUSTED TO OUR CARE"
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