Mavis Wil­son

Nov. 7, 1923 - Sep. 9, 2017

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93, El Centro

Mavis O. Wil­son (Woods), 93, of El Centro, went home to the Lord, Satur­day, September 9, 2017 in her home. She is re­united with her Sav­ior Je­sus Christ and our beloved Dad and Pop in heaven.

Mavis was born Novem­ber 7, 1923 in Pryor OK to Estill By­ron Woods and Min­nie Hall Woods and moved to El Centro as a young child.

Mavis was mar­ried to Roland Le­nard Wil­son, of El Centro for 63 years be­fore Roland’s pass­ing in 2006. Mavis was a devoted wife, mother, and grand­mother, stay­ing at home to raise her three daugh­ters, spend­ing time with her grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren, and work­ing part time as Sears.

Mavis was also very in­volved with her church fam­ily at El Centro First As­sem­bly of God, where she at­tended from the age of 5. There, she faith­fully served the women’s min­istry, shar­ing her cook­ing and hospi­tal­ity with fam­ily, friends, and oth­ers, whether for sick­ness and grief, or for cel­e­bra­tion and fel­low­ship. She also spent time vis­it­ing and en­cour­ag­ing other mem­bers of the church. Serv­ing her sav­ior was her pas­sion, and she was able to con­tinue serv­ing him her whole life.

In her later years, Mavis be­came a fix­ture at Holtville As­sem­bly of God, where she spent her time with her daugh­ter Patti Dun­nam min­is­ter­ing to the chil­dren of the church and com­mu­nity, as well as at­tend­ing church ser­vices and prayer meet­ings.

She leaves be­hind a le­gacy of faith­ful ser­vice and fer­vent faith for her fam­ily, friends, and ev­ery­one who knew her.

For many, Marvis will be re­mem­bered for the afghan blan­kets she would cro­chet and give away as gifts to those around her. She would make them for fam­ily and friends, and al­ways had a sup­ply on hand for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. Of­ten she would meet a stranger in a store, and be­fore they knew it they had a new friend, and a new afghan to take home. Chances are, if you knew Mavis, you have at least one of her afghans at home.

Mavis was mar­ried to her beloved Roland for 63 years. The cou­ple loved to travel and spent 25 sum­mers their 5th wheel across the coun­try, meet­ing people who would be­come life­long friends. At the end of ev­ery sum­mer, they would make their way from Oregon back down to Cal­i­for­nia, can­ning and pick­ling fruit and veg­eta­bles along the way.

Maivs was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Roland, and by her grand­son, Christo­pher Lee Gomes.

Mavis is sur­vived by her brother, Don Woods; sis­ters, Geral­dine Coth­ern and Na­dine Yates Leach; her daugh­ters and their hus­bands Bar­bara Joann and Burl McAlis­ter, Pa­tri­cia and Jack Dun­nam, and Su­san and Jack Rufe; adopted daugh­ters and their hus­bands Sharon and Den­nis John­son and Shirley and Buddy Ashurst; grand­chil­dren Michael Foss and wife Michele Foss, Vance McAlis­ter and wife Mar­i­lyn McAlis­ter, Mark McAlis­ter, Le­nard Gomes and wife Mandy Gomes, and Cherece Ap­pel; great-grand­chil­dren Brit­tani Foss-Abubo and hus­band Aaron Abubo, Michael Bran­don Foss and wife Heather Foss, Han­nah McAlis­ter, Colin McAlis­ter, Chris­tian Gomes, Ja­cob Gomes, Abbey Ap­pel and Christo­pher Ap­pel; great-great-grand­daugh­ter Dorothea Foss, to ar­rive in a few weeks; and a host of other fam­ily and friends. She will al­ways be loved and re­mem­bered by them all.

Memorial will be held Mon­day, September 18, 2017 at 10 a.m., at Holtville First As­sem­bly of God, 801 Holt Ave. Holtville, pre­ceded by a view­ing at 9 a.m.

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