Miss Pansy re­mem­bered for her bright spirit

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

FED­ER­ALS­BURG — The Mid-Shore com­mu­nity is mourn­ing the loss of Pansy C. Wil­son of Fed­er­als­burg, who passed away at her home Mon­day, June 19, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily.

She was 87.

The news of Wil­son’s pass­ing sparked an out­pour­ing of posts about her on so­cial me­dia, and dis­plays hon­or­ing around Caro­line County.

“Miss Pansy has been a driv­ing force for Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group since 1977,” the Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group wrote on its Facebook page on Mon­day af­ter­noon. “She de­fined all of our Core Val­ues. She will be dearly missed.”

Af­fec­tion­ally known as Miss Pansy and Mum Mum, Wil­son grad­u­ated from the top of her classes at Pittsville High School in 1946 and Penin­sula Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal School of Nurs­ing in 1949.

Af­ter a stint in North Carolina, she re­turned to Mary­land and worked for the Caro­line County Health Depart­ment for many years as a public nurse and school nurse and helped run var­i­ous clin­ics. She stayed em­ployed so long that they gave her two re­tire­ment par­ties with her re­tir­ing at the age of 80.

“She was a light of fire,” said Caro­line Health Depart­ment Per­son­nel As­so­ciate Kelly Reed. “She was a very dear friend of mine, to a lot of peo­ple.

“She was a very lov­ing per­son,” she said. “She cared about her clients very, very much. A lot of peo­ple would re­quest her be­cause she was so very help­ful to ev­ery­one. She was great to her co­work­ers. Ev­ery­one en­joyed work­ing with Miss Pansy.”

Reed said she will al­ways re­mem­ber Wil­son’s bright, warm smile, and her love for go­ing to the beach.

“She loved driv­ing down to the beach no mat­ter what her age was,” she said. “Noth­ing would stop her. We would be on the phone in the morn­ing and she would tell me she was al­ready down at the beach. If she wanted it, she found a way to get it.

“She al­ways had a smile on her face,” Reed said. “She was a very re­spected per­son. Ev­ery­one looked up to Miss Pansy. Every­body wanted to be Miss Pansy.”

Wil­son ini­tially re­tired from the Caro­line County Health Depart­ment and was thrown a re­tire­ment party. She then re­turned as a con­tracted nurse. When she re­tired again, the depart­ment threw her a sec­ond re­tire­ment party.

“It is pretty unique to have two re­tire­ment par­ties but she was unique and de­served it,” Reed said. “It shows she was very ded­i­cated, and that she en­joyed help­ing and work­ing with peo­ple. She loved what she did.”

Wil­son was very ac­tive in her church, Union United Methodist Church in Fed­er­als­burg, where she served on many boards and was best known for be­ing the star sales­man for sub sales and other fundrais­ing food sales at church. She at­tended Sun­day School and en­joy­ing go­ing to Bi­ble Study. She loved be­ing part of the Golden Girls, the Sil­ver Girls and the Bless­ings Widow Group where she en­joyed be­ing with her dear friends.

Some of her other ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded Re­lay For Life where she served as chair­man for many years, the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety with Daf­fodil Days Fundrais­ers and for the March of Dimes as a Walker and Sup­porter. She also was part of AARP for Caro­line County where she helped co­or­di­nate many ac­tiv­i­ties and en­joyed many AARP spon­sored bus trips.

In 1998, Wil­son was named Caro­line County’s Most Beau­ti­ful Per­son in which her nom­i­na­tion let­ter men­tioned she was, “A lady who has touched the hearts of cit­i­zens at both ends of the county” and to us the world, be­cause of her pres­ence.

The Fed­er­als­burg Lions Club honored Wil­son by nam­ing her the grand mar­shal for the 2016 Fed­er­als­burg Lions Club Christ­mas Pa­rade. The Lions Club will honor Wil­son Satur­day, June 24, by ded­i­cat­ing the Fed­er­als­burg Frog Fest fire­works dis­play to her.

“Miss Pansy was very proud this was go­ing to be the first Frog Fest,” said Fed­er­als­burg Lions Club mem­ber Lisa Sch­mitt. She was a huge sup­porter of the Lions Club. We felt it was fit­ting the fire­works dis­play would be in her honor be­cause she was such a bright light for so many in our com­mu­nity.

“She would be server at our Lions Club din­ners, and be the first to tell you if you have not eaten your veg­eta­bles. She was al­ways watch­ing out for ev­ery­one. She had a kind heart and a warm, bright spirit. We are go­ing to miss that sweet lady.”

Wil­son was born on Sept. 12, 1929, in Pittsville, Md., the daugh­ter of the late Guy Leon Carey and Vi­ola Cor­drey Carey. She mar­ried Howard G. Wil­son Sr. in De­cem­ber 1949 and they were hap­pily mar­ried life part­ners un­til Howard’s death in Jan­uary 1989.

She was em­ployed im­me­di­ately af­ter her nurs­ing grad­u­a­tion as a head nurse on her floor and af­ter a few short years she be­came su­per­vi­sor of nurs­ing. Af­ter her hos­pi­tal ser­vice, Wil­son went to work for the Health Depart­ment, first in North Carolina where she and Howard lived for three years. Then re­turn­ing to Mary­land, she worked for the Caro­line County Health Depart­ment.

She was al­ways ac­tive in her fam­ily’s life and very ac­tive in scout­ing ser­vice where she had been a den mother and served other scout­ing func­tions. One of her proud­est ac­com­plish­ments was to have all three of her sons be Eagle Scouts. This was a group un­der­tak­ing be­tween Howard and Pansy. They re­ceived the Scout Fam­ily of the Year Award for their ser­vice to Scout­ing from the Del­marva Coun­cil.

Wil­son also worked for Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group where she served as Health Am­bas­sador to the em­ploy­ees in which she helped them with their med­i­cal re­lated needs and be­came an ad­di­tional mother fig­ure to all and be­ing an ad­vo­cate for the well be­ing of all em­ploy­ees.

She is sur­vived by her three sons: Howard G. Wil­son Jr. and his com­pan­ion Linn Hick­man of Del­mar, MD; Earl Wil­son and his wife Kath­leen of Fed­er­als­burg; Dave Wil­son and his wife Peggy of Pre­ston; 13 grand­chil­dren: Amy Wil­son, Howard G. Wil­son III, Angie Wil­son Mc­Cracken, David Wil­son Jr., Earl Wil­son Jr., Mered­ith Wil­son, Brit­tany Wil­son Hol­land, Leah Wil­son Cole, Todd Wil­son, Ma­rina Wil­son, Daria Wil­son, Michael Moutza­lias, Al­li­son Pittman; nine great­grand­chil­dren; and a brother, Leon Carey and his wife Ruth Ann of Pittsville. She was also pre­ceded in death by a brother, Albert Carey.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, June 23, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 1210 S. Wash­ing­ton Street in Easton. A visi­ta­tion with the fam­ily will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day, June 22, at Union United Methodist Church, 301 North Main Street, in Fed­er­als­burg, and one hour prior to the ser­vice on Fri­day at the church in Easton.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made to Union United Methodist Church, 301 North Main Street, Fed­er­als­burg, MD 21632. To share mem­o­ries with the fam­ily, visit: www. framp­tom.com.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Pansy Wil­son was hon­ored as the Grand Mar­shal for the 2016 Fed­er­als­burg Lions Club Christ­mas Pa­rade.

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