Mabel Pauline Wilson


Mabel Pauline Stutler Wilson, 100, passed away July 5, 2019, at Goodwill Mennonite Home.
Born on Dec. 23, 1918, in Bristol, W.Va., to the late Simon Stephen Stutler and Cora Belle Childers Stutler.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Wilson Jr.
After only 10 years of marriage, her husband was killed in action during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for extraordinary heroism. She had to raise her three young children on her own. With a negative stigma of working mothers, she was determined to support her family by working as school secretary at Mount Savage School (1952 to 1969) and as librarian at the former Beall Junior High School. After her youngest son went off to college, Mabel decided to do the same. In the late 1970's, she earned her master degree + 60 hours of coursework in history from Frostburg State University. She learned to drive an '81 Chevy pick-up truck in order to accompany her grandchildren as they biked the C&O Canal. She was an avid learner and inspired her family to reach high and always do their best. Mabel published her memoirs in the book, "The Hollow and Beyond."
Mabel was described by many as an inspiration, persistent, strong, loving and patient. She believed in the good in everyone, treated everyone with respect and because of that she was always surrounded by people who cared and loved her.
Surviving are her three children, Susan Wilson Weidner and husband, Robert, Ralph E. Wilson III and wife, Kathleen, and Stephen E. Wilson and wife, Janet; nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at Durst Funeral Home on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. George Harpold officiating.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Cumberland.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make memorial donations to the Mount Savage School Library, 13201 New School Road, Mount Savage, MD 21545.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Goodwill Retirement Community for their loving care over the last three years.
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3 posts

Sarah Bur
Jul 12, 2019
Kathleen and Ralph -- What an amazing tribute to your mother. I wish I had the good fortune to know her. I do know that the two of you are the most loyal, dedicated family members any mother could possibly have. We at Homewood hold you and your family in the Light during this sad time. Love, Sarah
Judy Hughes Williams
Jul 11, 2019
Mrs. Wilson made visits to the office very pleasant. She always had a smile. I remember when she and my Dad (Tom Hughes) were leaders of the Band Boosters. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dorothy (Aldridge) Parks Sowers
Jul 11, 2019
I graduated from MSHS in 1956 and knew Mabel Wilson as our school secretary. She was one of the nicest person I have met in my life and always had a smile, even through her heartbreak. Condolences to her family.