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Adena Carolyn Wilson

June 1, 1932 ~ July 2, 2018 (age 86)

Adena Carolyn (Page) Wilson

Carolyn Wilson, an 86-year-old resident of Eldridge, IA, formerly of Trenton and Green City, Missouri, died Monday, July 2, 2018 at Grand Haven Assisted Living Retirement Community in Eldridge, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7th at St. Mary’s Parish in Milan. A family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6th at the Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30pm. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson was born June 1, 1932 in rural Sullivan County. She was the daughter of Forrest and Vita (Gibson) Page.

She was a 1949 graduate of Milan High School.

She was united in marriage on May 18, 1952 to Patrick Hanley Wilson at Mary Immaculate Parish in Kirksville.

A 1953 graduate of Kirksville State Teachers College (Truman State University), she began teaching full time for the Humphrey’s school district. Carolyn and Pat subsequently moved to Kirksville, then Moberly and finally, to Trenton in 1962. Carolyn began teaching at Trenton High School in 1965, eventually teaching 28 years in Trenton until her retirement.  Carolyn and Pat moved back to Green City in 1993.

Throughout her life she was a wonderful cook and seamstress, even making her wedding dress. She enjoyed teaching all of her grandchildren how to bake and sew, they all spent many hours eating her delicious brownies! She enjoyed attending the activities of her grandchildren and other athletic events, especially Notre Dame football games.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband (2011), and she is survived by three sons, Mickey Wilson and his wife, Pam of Jefferson City and their children, Jeff and his wife Erin, Brad and Katie; Richard Wilson and his wife, Fiona of Eldridge, IA and their children, Kerry Gooch and great-grandchild, Addison, Caitlin, Kinsey, Collin and Chase; and Tim Wilson and his wife, Michelle of Lenexa, and their children Matthew and Brett.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Anita.

The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to:


St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery Fund

c/o St. Mary’s Catholic Parish

101 W. Baker Street

Milan, MO 63556

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