April 18, 1905 ~ April 8, 2005
Mary Cornelius Wilson age 99 of Glasgow, Kentucky died Friday April 8, 2005 at her home. She was born in Bond, Jackson County, Kentucky, on April 18, 1905, the third of eight children. She attended Annville Institute and took secretarial training at Eastern State Teachers College.
In 1928 she married a young lawyer, Cecil C. Wilson, from Livingston County, and in 1932 they established their home in Glasgow where she continued to live until
her death on Friday morning.
Always a staunch Baptist, Mrs. Wilson taught women�s Sunday School classes for more than 60 years, finally retiring on her 90th birthday. She was the oldest living member of the Glasgow Baptist Church.
Her second major civic interest was the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Public Library in Glasgow on whose board she served many years and as chairperson for more than 20 years. She was president of the Kentucky Library Trustees Association and served on the White House Commission on Libraries.
Mrs. Wilson was a seventy-year member of the Glasgow Garden Club where she became interested in ecology and conservation. She served on the first board of directors of the Kentucky Nature Conservancy and traveled all over the state examining and assessing potential gifts of primitive land to the Conservancy.
She remained physically active until very recently�she led the exercise class at the senior citizens center until past age 90.
The Wilsons traveled extensively to ancient parts of the world. She returned to China and visited Tibet after her husband�s death in 1974. Her experiences in distant lands proved very beneficial to her as she continued to keep informed of world events, including current crises in countries and cultures she had visited and learned to value greatly. For the past few years, Mrs. Wilson continued to live at home and to follow national and international events and to reflect on the many significant changes she observed during her century of life.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by a daughter Cecile Wilson Garmon and her husband Larry D. Garmon of Glasgow; a daughter Sue Nancy Wilson Herbert of Black Canyon City, Arizona; four grandchildren, including Leslie Garmon Sarasin of Vienna, Virginia, Nancy Anne Herbert Kilgore of Black Canyon City, Arizona, Mary Lyn Herbert Wallace of Glasgow, and Hiram Jefferson (Jay) Herbert III of Louisville; and two great-grandchildren, including Sarah Nicole Berry of Lamb and Douglas Wilson Sarasin of Vienna, Virginia. She also is survived by a nephew Steven Roberts Nunn of Glasgow, and a niece Jenny Lou Nunn Penn of Frankfort. She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Crewdson Wilson, a sister Beula Cornelius Nunn and six other brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday April 10, 2005 at the A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and on Sunday until time for services at the A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home.
The family requests that alternate expressions of sympathy take the form of memorial contributions in her memory to the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Public Library or a charitable organization of choice.
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