Western Slope Obituaries 2-15-10
Helen Ross Wilson, 99, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., passed away on Jan. 29, 2010.
She was one of twins born to Robert A. Ross and Pearl (Smith) Ross in Grand Junction, Colo., on Oct. 22, 1910. Her twin brother, John Hugh Ross was killed in an accident on the Serpent’s Trail in the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction on Aug. 15, 1931.
She was reared in the Fruitvale area east of Grand Junction and graduated from Fruitvale High School in 1928. She attended Mesa State College for two years and graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in 1932. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
She taught English in Grand Junction for five years before marrying George A. Wilson on June 13, 1937. They had two children: Margaret Wierenga of Parachute, Colo., and Hugh Wilson of Sparks, Nev.
Helen and George lived in Littleton, Colo., and then moved to Glenwood Springs in 1938.
She was an active member of Erica Chapter No. 69 of the Order of the Easter Star. She and her husband, George, were Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron for many years. She received the Rose Award in 1994 for her work in Eastern Star and for her volunteer work.
She worked many years as a volunteer having worked over 26 years and having over 12,000 hours as a volunteer for Valley View Hospital. She was a member of P.E.O. and was president and held various offices in the P.E.O. chapter. She also belonged to D.A.R., Beauceant, AARP and NARFF. And the Edson Family Association. She was a Girl Scout leader in Glenwood Springs for many years. She was employed as a caseworker in the Department of Social Services for 15 years.
She was a life long member of the Methodist Church and was active for many years in the Grace Cross Circle of the church.
Helen and George enjoyed traveling in the United States and in foreign countries. They enjoyed jeeping on back roads in many states and square dancing.
She is survived by son, Hugh Wilson and daughter, Margaret Wierenga; six grandchildren, Scott and Ron Wilson of California, Kevin Wilson of Texas, Brian of Colorado Springs, Colo., Russell Brown of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Shannon Darlene Muse of California; and seven great grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, parents, brother and cousins.
Services were held on Feb. 3, 2010.
Interment was in the Rosebud Cemetery.
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