MRS. JOHN F. WILSON
July 8, 1910-Marh 26, 1965
Maggie Irene was the name given the baby daughter by her proud parents, Mr. and Mrs. Banks Foster Elliott of Noble, La., on July 8, 1910. Maggie Irene grew into womanhood at Noble and graduated from its high school. She then attended Louisiana State Normal College, earning a “Teacher’s Life Certificate.” She began her teaching career at Pleasant Hill, La.
Her early teaching career was short lived, however, as she married the Reverend John F. Wilson on April 20, 1933. To this union were born two sons, John, Jr. and Paul. For the next thirteen years Irene graced a Methodist parsonage and shared the labors and experiences of her minister husband. When physical health forced the retirement of the Reverend John F. Wilson, Irene returned to classroom teaching and continued this profession until her translation on March 26, 1965.
Maggie Irene’s life was spent in complete devotion to her husband, her children, her church, and her pupils. She desperately wanted to complete this school year because she felt it unfair to the students to change teachers so near the end of school. Her sons say they only hope they can give their children the love and devotion they received from their mother.
Her loyalty to her church and her faith in God held firm always. The pastor was frequently challenged and inspired as he looked out from the pulpit into her smiling face, knowing the physical suffering and mental anguish she was enduring.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1965; p. 213 By Alton A. McKnight
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