Wilson, Madeline H.

May 27, 2006

MADELINE H. WILSON passed away May 24, 2006 at her home in Bozeman, Montana. She was born July 11, 1915 in Washington, D.C. to John Irvin and Ray (Parker) Hamaker. She was raised in Virginia and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Randolph Macon College in 1935. She did post-graduate work in Europe where she met and married Iain Wilson, a Presbyterian minister, before World War II. After their war service, they came to Charlotte, North Carolina. Five children completed their family. They were called to Baltimore, then to Pittsburgh and finally to West Yellowstone. After Iain's final retirement, they chose Bozeman as home for the rest of their lives. Throughout her life, Madeline contributed her energy, intellect, and devotion to Christian service of many kinds from tutoring to community service and prayer. She also had a varied and unusual work life from the OSS code room in London during the war to the reference desk at John Hopkins University Library. She considered her crowning achievement to be the establishment of the West Yellowstone Library. In Bozeman she was involved in AAUW, Book Club, Love In the Name of Christ, and Habitat for Humanity. Madeline's private enjoyments included a wide correspondence, doting on grandchildren and great-grandchildren, crosswords, Scrabble, and her beloved Baltimore Orioles. She was preceded in death by her son, Colin; sister, Marjorie; husband, Iain; and daughter-in-law, Kathy. Madeline is survived by her daughter, Barbara and grandson, Devlin; son, Pete; daughter, Julie and grandson, Joshua and his wife, Jenny and great-grandchildren, Zane and Keely; and by son, Mark and grandsons, Iain and Jonathan. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel. Should friends desire, memorials may be given to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd. Ste. 3200; or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1629 Avenue D, Ste. 2-C, Billings, MT 59102. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, Bozeman, MT.

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