Miss Pansy remembered for her bright spirit
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.
Pansy Wilson was honored as the Grand Marshal for the 2016 Federalsburg Lions Club Christmas Parade.