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Avis L. Wilson
Dec 23 1930 - Oct 02 2011
Avis L. Wilson

        Avis Lenore Wilson, age 80, of Watertown, SD, passed away Sunday morning on October 2, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, with Pastor Steve Lauricella officiating. Music will be provided by Judy Everson, soloist and Marcia Jelsma, organist. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Private burial will be at Sisseton Cemetery, Sisseton, SD.

     Avis was born to William and Elvina (Erickson) Chilson on Dec. 23, 1930 on the family farm in Roberts County, SD. She attended school in the Peever area and graduated from Peever High School in 1949. She went to work immediately following graduation at the A & C Variety and later worked for Ottertail Power Company.

     In 1954, she met and fell in love with John S. Wilson. They were married Aug. 7, 1955, at Peever Lutheran Church. They lived in Aberdeen where two of their three children were born. In the spring of 1962, they moved their family to Watertown where their third child was born. Rather than entering the work force, Avis chose to care for and raise her family. She was a Cub Scout leader, Brownie leader, taught Sunday school, worked part-time at Roosevelt Elementary School, and volunteered for many other activities in their children's lives. Once her children had graduated from high school, Avis began working. She was employed at the Spies corporate office in Watertown until she retired in 1998 after working for 20 years. On Aug. 7, 2011, Avis and John celebrated 56 years of marriage.

     Avis loved to travel and visit friends and family. She especially enjoyed her many grandchildren.

     She is survived by her husband John, daughter Jill (John) Austin, sons Jeff (Aundrea) and Tom (Jane) Wilson, and 10 grandchildren; one brother William Chilson, three sisters Wilma Sundheim, Delores Hortness, Lorraine Rieck, and many nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Darwin and Byron, and two sisters Jeanne Leiseth and Verna Klemm.


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Comment posted by: Peggy and Mark Bratek
Sat 08th Oct 2011 10:55 am
Our deepest sympathy. While we don't know the perfect words to say , we want you to know how sorry we are to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Comment posted by: Kay Stormo Freund
Sat 08th Oct 2011 09:50 am
John, Jeff, Jill, Tom and families -
My thoughts and prayers are with you, in sympathy and hoping that you find solace with her passing. May the memories of her warm smile stay with you. John, know that your paintings always bring fond memories of SD, with prayers for you all over the last few years and now, going forward in peace.
Comment posted by: Nathan Stormo family
Sat 08th Oct 2011 07:04 am
John, Tom, Jeff and Jill: We are thinking of all of you. Some of my most fond memories growing up include your family. God bless you all.
Comment posted by: Emmett and Karen Keyser
Sat 08th Oct 2011 06:54 am
John, Jeff and AundrearnrnPlease accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of a wonderful wife and Mom. We know the special challenges you all faced the last few months and hope you and your families will keep close all of the warm memories that you were able to share together over the many years. We're keeping you all close in our thoughts and prayers.
Comment posted by: Loren Stormo
Fri 07th Oct 2011 12:40 pm
Dear John and family,
My deepest sympathies as you celebrate the fond memories of your lives with Avis and simultaneously face the bittersweet fact that our lives on this fine earth must end. I hope you take comfort in the lives you have touched - even though you may not know many us. I'm at work right now sitting at my desk. Six feet directly in front of me, John, is your painting "First Snow-Pheasants". Many times each week, I glance up at that beautiful painting and am warmly reminde
Comment posted by: Mary Erickson
Thu 06th Oct 2011 06:29 pm
John and family, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to all of you. It was always a pleasure to come and see Avis every week at the house, and an honor to be able to go back and care for her with Hospice at the nursing home. Her smile always melted my heart!Know you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Comment posted by: Marty and Laura Cavanagh
Thu 06th Oct 2011 06:29 pm
Tom, Jane, Luke and Andrea
Please accept our deepest sympathies to you and all your family. Know your mother, grandmother will always be a part of you and relish the fact that she has shaped your lives to become the outstanding people you are. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Comment posted by: Dianne Ben Lewis and Family
Thu 06th Oct 2011 06:27 pm
May the Lord be with everyone during your time of need. We will not be able to come home but our prayers are with you. John, Jill, Jeff and Tom and families we love you and are thinking about you all. Will never forget when your dad got the duck stamp and we were home for Rodney's wedding, I told your mom I wanted to buy a print and Avis told me to wait awhile. We went back to Ohio and we received a very special gift from your mom and dad for Christmas. Please take care of yourselves and t
Comment posted by: Denise Weir
Thu 06th Oct 2011 12:47 pm
Wilson Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. My favorite memory of Avis is...her and your Dad sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee when I came in the back door of your old house looking so relaxed...her smile, the smell of coffee and cookies.... the perfect Norman Rockwell setting. May the memories help heal the loss you are grieving..
Comment posted by: Sara Koller and Wild Wings
Thu 06th Oct 2011 08:19 am
Avis will be remembered by our company, Wild Wings, as a loving supporter of her husband, John's, wildlife art career. At our annual Fall Festival in Lake City, Minnesota, we had the distinct honor privilege to share some time with both Avis and John. We extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to John and your entire family.
Comment posted by: John and Beth Tillmann
Thu 06th Oct 2011 04:43 am
John, Jill, Jeff, and Tom. Our friendship with your mom spanned three decades and it was full of fun and laughter each time we had the pleasure to be together. Avis was a determined, spunky, sensitive, tenacious, supportive, and loving friend. We are proud to have been a part of her life and proud to call her our friend. God knows your journey, and surely is on it with you. You will see God in each other, and you will find God in places you never suspected he or she would be! Much love.
Comment posted by: Cindy Papstein
Wed 05th Oct 2011 01:42 pm
During my first job ever at the age of 18 I met Avis at Spies Corporate Offices. What a dear, kind and classy lady. Avis was a warm and gentle soul and eighty years was not long enough.
Comment posted by: Kim Stahl
Wed 05th Oct 2011 11:36 am
Jeff & Family-

Thinking of you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
Comment posted by: Charles Stormo
Wed 05th Oct 2011 06:15 am
John and family, Helen and I have sincere respect and many great memories of you and Avis and your children. We hope the good memories and love of God uphold you in this time of loss. Her future is now with the Lord.
Comment posted by: Karen Watson
Wed 05th Oct 2011 03:40 am
Jeff and family,
I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
"Those we love donít go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

Comment posted by: MARK AND LAURA BAYLES
Tue 04th Oct 2011 12:36 pm
We want to extend our deepest sympathies to your family. Please hold onto all the fun memories to aid you as you grieve. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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