The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 7, 2012

Mary Helen Wilson

Published 11-7-12

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Funeral service for Mary Helen Wilson will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Alva First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Terry Martindale officiating. She was cremated at her request. Arrangements by Marshall Funeral Home, Alva.

Mary Helen (Presnall) Wilson was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Woods County, Okla., to Maude (Muncie) and Howard Presnall and died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Alva, Okla.

She graduated from Carmen High School and attended NWOSU, receiving her B.A. and master of teaching degrees there. She pursued additional graduate study at the University of Colorado, North Texas State University, and a summer institute in Athens, Greece.

On Jan. 5, 1945, she married Ensign Harold W. Wilson in Carmen, Okla. To this union, two children were born: a daughter, Judy, and a son, Robert.

Mrs. Wilson taught English at NWOSU for 32 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, member and past president of Chapter C-PEO, Holly Club and Delta Zeta Sorority.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and a charter member of Fidelis Sunday school class, in recent years having been the class teacher.

A special interest for the past 10 years was her participation in Friends of the Alva Library and its related book discussion groups.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Dale, Bob and Max; sister, Virginia Kelley; and daughter-in-law, Marlene Wilson.

She is survived by daughter, Judy Kirk of Enid, Okla.; son, Bob Wilson of Garden City, Kan.; three grandchildren, Melissa Wilson of San Francisco, Calif., Scott Wilson of Seattle, Wash., and Jill Kirk of Tulsa, Okla.; sister, Polly Baker of Leesville, S.C.; and sisters-in-law, Jean Schwerdtfeger of Capron, Okla., Audrey Presnall of Alva, Okla., Vera Wilson of Escondido, Calif., and Elsie Nixon of California.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to First United Methodist Church.

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(Submitted by family)