Obituary: Florence Leone "Billie" Wilson |

Obituary: Florence Leone "Billie" Wilson

Private services are planned for Florence Leone “Billie” Wilson, wife of Marshall F. Wilson, who died Oct. 17, 2000, at her home in South Lake Tahoe. She died at 4 p.m. the hour of their wedding exactly 58 years to the day. She was 91.

Mrs. Wilson was born April 30, 1909, at Cheyenne, Wyo., to Verna and Chester McDaniel. She came to California to start life anew, first in Los Angeles and then in Sacramento. There she found work with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, met and married Marshall Wilson, raised her family and served the community. For the past 24 years the Wilsons have lived in South Lake Tahoe and were members of the Lake Tahoe Retired Officers Association and the Lake Tahoe Historical Society. As a member of the Friends of the Library she was most proud of her Laubach Literacy Action Tutor Certificate.

Mrs. Wilson served two terms as PTA president at the H.E. Winterstein Gammar School in the Arden-Carmichael School District, where she was instrumental in establishing the school library. For her dedication she was recognized with the PTA lifetime membership award. For several years she served as chairman of the Arden-Carmichael School District’s Mothers March of Dimes. From across the country these mothers helped win the battle against polio. Her most cherished times were participating in the growth of her immediate and extended family through leadership roles in the Cub and Boy Scouts, the Brownies and the Girl Scouts.

She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and neighbors.

Survivors include her husband, Marshall F. Wilson of South Lake Tahoe; daughter, Marsha Wilson of Sacramento; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Anne Wilson of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandsons and their wives, David and Lorna Wilson of Minneapolis and Matthew and Jamie Wilson of Pittsburgh; and great-granddaughter, Claire.

Private services are planned and inurnment will be in Clarksville Cemetery at El Dorado Hills, Calif. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army, one of her favorite charities.

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