Laura Jean Wilson, a long time White Lake resident, died Saturday, November 14th at The Bay at Eastview. She was 93 years old. She was born on April 14, 1927, in Marion, WI a daughter of John "Jack" and Ella (Shannon) Buchanan. She graduated from Winneconne High School. She married Glen "Pat" Wilson on June 12, 1947, at the Shannon Homestead in Langlade. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2008.
Jean, as she was known to all, was a Charter Member(July 1950) of the Anderson-Sather American Legion Auxiliary, where she served as President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Chaplain, Seargent-At-Arms, and Historian. She was the Badger Girl State contact for many years, a member of the marching unit, and helped in the construction of quilts that were raffled to help fund the Auxiliary. She and Pat managed the operation of the American Legion Hall for several years in the 1950s and '60s.
She was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church in White Lake and served as a member of the Ladies Aid and as a teacher for Vacation Bible School.
She loved the family life; cooking, baking, family gatherings, and most of all, being a mother. She organized decades of highly successful annual family reunions. Friends and relatives visiting her home were frequently offered a taste of her signature chocolate chip cookies and just had to have a couple to go.
Survivors include a daughter, Laurel (Joe) Landis, Milwaukee; a son, Brian (Susanna) Wilson, Richmond, Virginia; grandchild, Matthew Wilson, Chesapeake, Virginia; a brother, Terry Buchanan, Gretna, Louisiana.
In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Faye Buchanan and Betty (Lloyd) Perry; a brother, Jim Buchanan.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Bay at Eastview for their timely communication and compassionate care to the very end. Laurel and Brian were allowed final visits on November 9th and Jean was able to speak to her children.
Visitation will be Friday, November 20 at Noon followed by a service at 1 p.m., at the Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Dick Kendall officiating. Burial will take place in Langlade Cemetery, town of Wolf River. The family enthusiastically invites all to a drive-by memorial at the cemetery at 2:30 p.m. to pay last respects and receive a Holy Card.
Dear Laurie and Brian, my sincere sympathy to you and your family for your Mother’s passing. My White Lake memories with Jean and all she did for her community leave a lasting sweet spot in my heart.
She was a lovely lady and I appreciated her friendship along with that of your dad. They were very encouraging to me as I began my ministry a couple of decades ago. My wife and I will say prayers for you and for Brian at this time. -Dick and Mary Kendall-
My deepest sympathy to Laurel and Brian and their families. Jean was my husband's aunt on his father's side. I had the pleasure of visiting with her during our many trips to Wisconsin. She was the one who planned the Shannon Family Reunions for many years. I know that both her Pat and my Pat (my husband) are spending time with each other. Rest in Peace, Jean. Leta Shannon
She was an amazing great Aunt. I'll never forget her telling me I couldn't go play upstairs, because there were holes in the floor and I might fall in one. She was always sweet and funny. Absolutely adored her and Uncle Pat. Seems like another lifetime ago.
My condolences to the Wilson Family. Jean was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I have many fond memories of Jean from Legion Memorial Day Events to 4th of July Parades and her infectious smile. Michele "O'Neil" Fish
So sorry to hear of the loss of Jean. Our whole family has memories of Legion events, and who could every forget Jean marching in the White Lake Parades, she was a very proud resident as well as participant. You always could spot her in her hat! May she be at rest now that she has finally joined Pat and the rest of the clan! With fondest memories and deepest sympathies, the Dutch and Vera Eschenbauch family
Condolences to the Wilson family.
Prayers and thoughts to the family..memories of such a kind lady and her Husband as a young girl from our dear little town, White Lake. God Bless and Rest in Peace..❤
Sympathy and our condolences, from The Mabry's.( Ilene and Cheryl)
I was fortunate to call Jean my dear neighbor and friend. I will cherish my fond memories of her and her kindness, thoughtfulness and friendship. Sending Laurie, Brian and their families my love and condolences. Judi Gjelsten
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