Genevieve H. Wilson, 87, co-owner of city marina

July 06, 2002

Genevieve H. Wilson, a partner in the Inner Harbor Marina of Baltimore Inc., died of cancer Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. She was 87.

The former Ashburton resident had lived at Harbor Court Hotel and Condominiums since its opening in 1986.

She was born Genevieve Evans in Memphis, Tenn., where she was raised. After graduating from high school, she attended Lemoyne College.

During the late 1940s and early 1950s, she worked as a disc jockey on KSTL Radio in St. Louis before going to work in Chicago as a national advertising sales representative for Johnson Publications.

After marrying Kenneth O. Wilson in 1956, the couple settled in Baltimore. He is a former vice president for advertising at the Afro-American newspapers.

Mr. Wilson and his wife were co-owners of the Inner Harbor Marina of Baltimore Inc. from its opening in 1977.

Mrs. Wilson, who had retired in 1997 and still served on the company's board, had concerned herself with the daily operation of the Key Highway marina at the foot of Federal Hill.

Mrs. Wilson was a board member of the Baltimore chapter of the American Red Cross, Center Stage, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and the Keswick Multi-Care Center.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the National Advisory Committee of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She served in that role until 1981.

Mrs. Wilson was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and a financial supporter of the church's adult day care center.

Mrs. Wilson enjoyed playing bridge and spending winters in Florida.

Graveside services will be conducted Monday at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis by the Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks, former executive director of the NAACP.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her son, Phillip Horton, died in 1956.

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