Hilda M. Wilson, 95

Sales associate for decades at Towson Hutzler's

January 31, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Hilda M. Wilson, who was a sales associate for nearly 30 years at the old Hutzler's department store in Towson and was a former resident of Towson and Rodgers Forge, died Thursday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 95.

Hilda May Feltham was born and raised in Liverpool, England. In 1940, she married Kenneth Mackenzie Wilson, a physiologist and chemist who worked during World War II at Porton Downs, a government research facility in Salisbury, England.

Before moving to Salisbury with her husband, she survived the German blitz of Liverpool by hiding with her family under a staircase, said a daughter, Vivienne W. Haines of Ruxton.

In 1957, she and her family immigrated to New York City, arriving aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth.

"We then came to Towson when my father took a job in research at Edgewood Arsenal," Mrs. Haines said.

Mr. Wilson died in 1978.

Mrs. Wilson worked in the Hutzler's linen department from the 1960s until she retired in the late 1980s. She also volunteered at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mrs. Wilson, who became a naturalized citizen in 1968, was an active member of the Daughters of the British Empire, the English Speaking Union and the Johns Hopkins Club.

A resident of Oak Crest Village for the past 12 years, she enjoyed reading English history, gardening and writing poetry.

She was a former communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

A memorial service will be held at noon Feb. 7 at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Charles and Saratoga streets.

Also surviving are a son, John M. Wilson of Fells Point; another daughter, Linda W. Taylor of Philadelphia; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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