|Betty Wilson succumbed to her battle with cancer at 6:15 p.m. on April 10, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family.
Betty was born on November 25, 1929 to Rex and Gladys (Reem) Holman in Galesburg. She was spent her entire life in Galesburg and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1947.
She married Kenneth Wilson on June 12, 1949 whom she met while working for Sears & Roebuck. After their marriage, Betty dedicated her life to her home and family. She was preceded in death by Ken on February 22, 2009.
She is survived by her three sons, Robert (and Alessandra) Wilson of Aurora, Ill., Richard (and Jean) Wilson of Carterville, Ill., and Ronald (and Susan) Wilson of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Vicki (and Patrick) Trant of Galesburg; a brother, Rex Holman Jr. of Davenport, Iowa; two sisters, Norma Peck of Galesburg and Helen Shaner of Grand Island, Neb. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Don Holman.
Betty's proudest accomplishments were her 60 years of wonderful marriage to Ken, raising her children and watching her loving grandchildren, Angela (and Kyle) Skinner of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Todd (and Jill) Brown of East Peoria, Ill., Erika (and Dane) Hanna of Starkville, Miss., Tim (and Chelsea) Brown of Galesburg, Mandy (and Jeff) Rose of Carterville, Ill., Chris Wilson of Kamuela, Hawaii, Robbie Wilson of San Diego, Calif., Kelly (and Jim) Sturgis of Galesburg and Ryan Trant of Fort Hood, Texas. She and Ken were extremely proud that they were all college graduates and experiencing their own success in life. She was also the loving great-grandmother to Makailee and Cooper Brown, Kennedy and Katelyn Skinner, Parker and Bentley Rose, and Bailey, Gavin and Audrey Sturgis. Over the years she went to as many events as she could involving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty's memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday April 15, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Rev. Marilyn Anell will officiate. There will be no visitation. Cremation will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. On line condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.