MaryLouise Wilson, 88, died due to complications from congestive heart failure on December 24, 2020 in her apartment at The Arbors of Greenfield with her daughter & son-in-law by her side & her sons with her virtually due to the pandemic. MaryLou was born on July 1, 1932 in Wilmington, Delaware. Her parents were Mary Fisher Matthes & Oscar Matthes, Jr.
MaryLou's love of her life & husband of 60 years, Clement Skolfield Wilson Jr., passed away in January 2019. She is survived by their three children & spouses: son Steven & Elaine Wilson of Orange Park, FL; son David & Ellen Wilson of Philadelphia, PA; daughter Ellen & Kevin White of Leyden, MA; & grandchildren Abigail & Nicholas Wilson; Shane, Jenna & John Wilson; Ethan & Hannah White; & many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Janet Matthes McGonigle in 2017.
She graduated from Pierre S. duPont High School in 1950 and the University of Delaware in 1954. She taught physical education at Faulk Rd. Elementary & Tatnall School in Wilmington.
MaryLou & Clem were married on August 30, 1958. After her husband's 2-year Army tour, they lived in Wilmington, DE, then Vernon and West Hartford, CT before moving to Topsham and then Brunswick, ME where they lived for over 30 years raising their three children.
MaryLou & Clem were avid sailors & sailed the Maine Coast every summer with their children. Through the years they enjoyed restoring & working on seven sailboats & three power boats.
She was active in the American Association of University Women (AAUW), sang in First Parish's Choir in Brunswick, ME, served on various church committees & was a deacon of the church. She had her own sign painting business, was a member of Casco Bay Art League & exhibited her paintings in many league & juried shows. She took art courses at the former Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta, ME & at the University of Southern ME.
In 2003 MaryLou & Clem moved to northern FL to be near son Steven & family. Summers were spent in their RV traveling to CT, MA & ME to visit family & friends. While in FL, she exhibited in juried art shows at the St. Augustine Art Association & continued her affiliation with the AAUW.
Due to health reasons in 2014 they moved first to Loomis House in Holyoke and then to The Arbors of Greenfield to be near their daughter Ellen & family. MaryLou became a member of the First Church of Deerfield, continued with her artwork & took some classes at Artspace.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to First Church of Deerfield, PO Box 276, Deerfield 01342 or to Artspace, 15 Mill St, Greenfield 01301. MaryLou's family would like to thank the staff at The Arbors of Greenfield, Pioneer Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, & the Eventide Singers of Franklin County.
Interment & a celebration of life will happen in the future in Brunswick, ME. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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