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Ruth Marion Wilson

November 22, 1924 March 29, 2021
Ruth Marion Wilson
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Obituary for Ruth Marion Wilson

Ruth Marion Wilson (nee. Reading), a long time resident of Milford, MI died on March 29, 2021 at the age of 96.

It was a glorious spring day when Ruth Marion Wilson was delivered to the hands of her Father, God, in heaven. Her life was long and well lived. Ruth was born at home in Detroit but spent many summers at her grandparents’ cottage on White Lake. During her early childhood, her mother found herself alone to raise two young children. Her mother’s example taught Ruth about strength, courage and faith during adversity. Ruth was born in Detroit.  She lived in various rental flats around the city until she married Wesley.  Her early life was difficult.  Her father was often absent. Her mother, Helen, was an amazingly strong woman who became both mother and father to Ruth and her brother, Richard.     Helen received no support from Ruth's dad but managed to provide a loving, faith filled home.   A woman of deep faith, Ruth remembers the day (her confirmation)  when she realized that she didn't have a father on earth, but that her real Father was God. From that point on, she relied upon him, prayed to him, trusted him, shared him, listened to him, served him and loved him.  
When she was a young girl, she met Wesley Wilson on a farm in Milford near what is now Maple Beach at Kensington Metro Park.  She has always said she loved him right then.  World War II had just started and he asked her if he could write to her.  Of course she said yes. Letters went back and forth, and the two reconnected when he returned. They married on June 22, 1946 at St. Leo’s church in Detroit. At the end of their wedding mass, the bells of the church chimed in celebration of, what was to be, a long love affair of 68 years. They were devoted to each other and provided an exquisite example of a true Christian marriage. In her final place of rest she lays peacefully. With her is a stack of letters wrapped in lavender ribbon from Wes, which she has saved all these years. 
During their marriage, God gifted them four boys, Wesley James Jr., Gerald, Donald and Robert; each one different and very special.   To have raised such fine men is a testament to who she was as a mother.  It also helped her develop her quirky sense of humor.  With four boys, she never knew what would happen, so, to cope, she would just laugh.  It didn't matter what the topic, there was always something funny to giggle about.  Sometimes she would roar at something she found hilarious.   If the topic was off color (usually the result of something Dad said), she would look at him indignantly and say,  "WESLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!"   But she still laughed. We all thought it was hilarious when he would begin to sing songs to her that weren’t quite appropriate, but she laughed anyway. He never finished those songs.     

Ruth found joy and pride in her artistic talent.  She was a magnificent painter.  Her home is filled with oil paintings which were done during the early years when she need an escape from the noise and bustle of four boys.  Through the years she has generously given them to others.  Two of her paintings are now hanging at St. Mary's.  Her Pieta is in the rear hallway, and the other, Jesus and the Children, in the Religious Education office.  

Besides being a tremendous artist, her real calling was to FEED EVERYONE!  She was a fearless cook!  Sunday dinners were raucous times with jokes and laughter and food. LOTS OF FOOD!   She was known for her pies, soups and her famous chocolate chip cookies. She sent cookies to the kids at college, the local grocers, fellow parishioners, co workers, her doctors, dentists, and her own personal friends. When a call came that someone had died, she and dad would prepare and serve at the funeral luncheons and of course bring cookies. Much like Jesus shared breaking bread, she delivered food to anyone who was in need. It was the answer to all life’s problems.

Ruth and Wes were dedicated to the church. Her children began their religious instruction in the basement of the old stone church in Milford.  She, too, began her work as Religious Education Secretary there. .  Later, they help fund the new church and continued to do so through all subsequent additions, until the present church was completed. Donating to the Bells Fund was a special devotion.

Ruth loved her job working with kids and sharing the gospel.  For twenty plus years she dittoed, made phone calls, sharpened pencils, gathered books and supplies, answered questions and any did any other job that needed to be done.  One day she was in the office by herself when an obviously disturbed individual came in requesting help.  When she turned to answer him, he kneeled and started praying to her and called her the Virgin Mary.  Nonplussed, she offered to call someone who could help and then continued to do her job while he waited.  Later she revealed how afraid she was.  She was also pretty impressed that someone thought she was Mary! Later, grandchildren joined the family and Ruth was in her glory!   She LOVED her grand kids.  She always said she had the chest of a soft pillow.  Whenever she rocked them, they went to sleep.  She sang lullabies and read them books.  Later she taught them how to cook and they spent many hours together in the kitchen.
Holidays were always fun.  On Halloween, the kids would go to Gram's house wondering what her costume would be she opened the door!  Thanksgiving was a feast of food.  After dinner we would play games or cards or continue to graze on her pies    Christmas was extra special.  There would be many presents and a birthday cake for Jesus.  One year she bought everyone a mug and we played a game that required everyone to walk around and drop a note into each mug telling them what they admired about each other.   Later on she joined in playing games like Charades, Pin the Nose on Santa, and Pie Face.  It was hilarious watching a ninety year old women act out a jumping kangaroo with a pouch or getting a face full of whipped cream!  We laughed so hard. 
Easter was always special.  We would dress in our best for church and then go out to eat at a grand buffet.  The Easter Bunny would show up and scare the heck out of the kids. Gram’s arms made them feel safe. 
Ruth had an amazing gift of strength and courage.  Three events that would have brought anyone to their knees were the loss of her husband, Wes and her two sons, Jerry and Robb.  Through their illnesses and deaths, she was steadfast in her devotion to their care and well being. She leaned on her faith and approached every challenge believing that God would lead the way.   We will miss her but know that she is at peace with her Father.

As Ruth leaves St. Mary’s for the last time, the bells will chime. The bells of St. Mary’s are the original bells that rang at Wes and Ruth’s wedding 73 years ago. It was God’s plan that it be so.

Ruth leaves behind her sons, Wesley James Jr. and Donald; her daughter-in-law, Patty; grandchildren Jennifer Williams (Dan), Mathew Wilson, Michelle Wilson-Jones; great grandchildren, Owen and Isabella Williams, Magnolia and Jerry Wilson-Jones; many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wesley James Wilson (d. 2014); her sons, Robert D. Wilson and Gerald Wilson and her brother, Richard Reading IV.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services will take place privately. There will be a Celebration of Life planned for a later date. Memorials may be made in her name to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. For further information please phone 248-684-6645. For those not able to attend, you may view the service via live-stream on the link located below.


Memorial Contribution

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

1820 Mt. Elliott
Detroit, MI 48207

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