Winnie Wilson


Winnie Wilson was a longtime resident of Chehalis. Winnie passed peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 22, 2014.

Winnie was born Oct. 11, 1920 in Walnut Grove, Miss. to Edward and Flora (McKenzie) Wasson. She traveled to California from Missouri with her family when she was two years old.

Winnie grew up with a brother and two sisters in Bellflower, Calif. After graduating from high school she worked several jobs in the local area, including Knott’s Berry Farm.

In early 1939, Winnie met her future husband, Earl Wilson. Winnie and Earl were married on Dec. 24, 1940 in Yuma, Ariz. They made their home in Lakewood, Calif.

During World War ll Winnie’s life changed. Earl enlisted in the U.S. Navy and they spent time in Farragut, Idaho, Ames, Iowa and San Diego, Calif. Winnie and Earl made their home San Diego between his deployments.

In February 1945, Winnie had her first son, Dale. With Earl’s deployment to the Pacific, Winnie moved back to Bellflower and lived with her parents. She worked for McDonald Aircraft as an assembler and riveter. With the war winding down, Winnie and Earl moved back to Lakewood, Calif., where she resided for 35 years. In February 1954, Winnie had her second son, Scott.

Winnie lived a full life as a dedicated wife and mother. She also enjoyed sports such as golf, bowling, and softball were among her favorites. She also enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing.

In 1978, the Wilson family moved to their new home in Chehalis, Wash. In September 1990, her husband of nearly 50 years passed away. Winnie continued to live at her home with the help of friends and neighbors.

Winnie spent the last three years of her life in nursing care at the Dallas Retirement Village in Dallas, Ore. close to her son, Scott and granddaughters.

Winnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother and sisters.

She is survived by her sons and spouses, Scott Wilson (Rose Wright) of Salem, Ore. and Dale Wilson (Louan) of Electric City, Wash.; five grandchildren,  Vicki Huber (Carlos) of Aumsville, Ore., Kelsie Wilson of Salem, Ore., Bryan Wilson of New Whiteland, Ind., Misti Wilson of Spokane, Wash., and Anthony Wilson of Crestview, Fla.; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren; friends; relatives; and a special friend, Barbara Blackwell of Chehalis, Wash.

Internment for Winnie will be at her husband’s side at Claquato Cemetery in Chehalis, Wash. A memorial service will be held at graveside in the spring of 2014.

Announcements will be made prior to the memorial celebration.