Margaret Lindsey Wilson, 88, of Pagosa Springs, Colo., passed away April 26, 2012, in Pagosa with her loving husband by her side on their 68th wedding anniversary. Born in Quanah, Texas, July 10, 1923, Margaret was one of four daughters. She wed James R. Wilson in 1944.
Preceded in death by her eldest son, Robert Wilson, and both parents, she is survived by her husband, James R. Wilson; sister, LaVerne Scott; son, Rodney Wilson; grandchildren, Dean Stuart, Alice Louise, Laura Jean and James Patrick; as well as several great-grandchildren, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Margaret dedicated her life to public service through numerous charitable initiatives — giving unconditionally of her time, energy and talents. She was extremely active in all of the communities in which she resided, including Brownsville, Texas, where she served as president of the Junior Service League as well as president of the Hospital Auxiliary. Upon taking up part-time residence at their Colorado property on the Lower Blanco in 1975, Margaret began working in several areas of the community.
Margaret and James were instrumental with the Childs family to begin the regular meetings of home and property owners that became the Lower Blanco Property Owners Association in the 1980s. Margaret eventually served as secretary treasurer. Margaret and James were happy to celebrate the completion of the Lower Blanco River Restoration project in 2011, a project they began with a group of like-minded individuals in the 1970s.
During the 1980s, Margaret and James began avid pursuits of genealogy, which led to the discovery of Margaret’s great-grandfather and uncles who served in the Confederate Army. Margaret then joined the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sarah Platt Decker Chapter, of which she served as a vice regent.
Margaret worked with the Pagosa Civic Club, even as a past president, which was the group behind the founding of the Ruby Sisson Library.
Margaret had a real talent for cooking, knitting and hand-made crafts to which her family and community benefited from and treasured. Her family and her community were always lovingly attended to, above and beyond any reasonable expectations.
She will be remembered as a caregiver with her constant assistance of others and tireless production of baby blankets, ornaments, and other hand-crafted trinkets for all those who surrounded her.
Per Margaret’s wishes, a service will not be held. Burial will take place at Hilltop Cemetery, Pagosa Springs.
A celebration of Magaret’s life will be held on June 2, 4-6 p.m. at the Ruby Sisson Library. Donations can be made in her memory to the DAR or the Sisson Library. Addresses are available at White’s Funeral Home.