Priscilla A. Wison, 86

Homemaker, deaconess

November 09, 2007

Priscilla A. Wilson, a homemaker and longtime Darley Avenue resident, died Saturday at the Joseph Richey House hospice. She was 86.

The former Priscilla Alice Herbert was born in Lunenburg, Va., and moved with her family to East Chase Street when she was a child.

After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1938, she was a licensed beautician for several years. Later, she was an elevator operator and nurse's assistant at Johns Hopkins Hospital before raising her family.

Family members remembered Mrs. Wilson as a dedicated homemaker who enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. She was especially known for her sweet potato pies and rum cakes.

For many years, she and her husband were active members at Grace Memorial Baptist Church. In 1989, she joined Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member of several auxiliaries and Ruth's Circle. She was also a deaconess and served on the pastor's aide and hospitality committees.

She enjoyed reading, traveling and watching televised wrestling matches.

Her husband of 54 years, Ausy Wilson Sr., a Bethlehem steelworker, died in 1993.

Services will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at her church, 1700 N. Caroline St.

Surviving are five sons, Ausy Wilson Jr., Richard Herbert, Robert Wilson and Kevin Dotson, all of Baltimore, and Philip Wilson of Chicago; a daughter, Darlene Marine of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Another son, Walter Wilson, died in 1972.

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