Helen Wilson was born Dec. 2, 1926, in Blytheville, Ark., to Charles Whitley and Tennie Bell Forrest. On Jan. 10, 1942, she married Miles Wilson, Jr., and to this union seven children were born.
Her husband, Miles, one infant daughter at birth, her father and mother, her first grandson, Mark Thomen, granddaughter, Erica Wilson, and her son-in-law, Tony Cross, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, Robert and Loraine Forrest of Chicago, Ill.; her children, Marsha and Floyd Bird of Sullivan, Sandy and Don Miller of Belleville, Ill., Miles and Debbie Wilson of St. Louis, Karen and Greg Abernathy of Dexter, Tina Wilson of Dexter, and Tom and Melanie Wilson of St. Clair; and four sisters-in-law, Marie Forrest of Conn., Bessie May Wilson of Dexter, Wilma and Albert Shaver of Dexter, and Pat Wilson of Puxico; grandchildren, Cindy and Robert Payne, Kim and Ron Browne, Tara Wilson and Ken, Amber and Bryon Thurnau, Cari and Nathan Robertson, Jamie and Elliott Benton, Amanda Bird and Tom, Cody and Logan Wilson; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Sara Powell, Dustin and Tyler Browne, Ayden Thurnau, Elijah and Elizabeth Benton, Nicholas James Wilson and Hunter Whitehead; and great-great-grandchild, Brooklynn Belle Powell; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Helen spent most of her life in Southeast Missouri and helped her husband in their exterminating business. However, she always said, "I have been a mother all my life." This was her chosen profession. She was a member of the Kinder General Baptist Church in Puxico. She moved to Sullivan about five years ago and made friends easily and often helped her daughter in the NATSN office. She leaves behind many friends and neighbors.
She wanted only a graveside service in Dexter. Memorials may be made in her memory to her great-grandson, Elijah Benton's Walk for Autism. For more information, visit: http://www.autismwalk.org/site/TR/105702... id=1450 and click on the button that says "Sponsor Me". Donations may also be made in her memory to the Congenital Heart Disease Association (for her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Benton), the Veteran's Association or your favorite charity.
Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at the Dexter Cemetery.