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Virginia Hancock Wilson, age 91, of Wellborn, FL passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 at her home under hospice care. She was a native of Nutley, NJ moving to Wellborn in 1980 from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a retired registered nurse and member of the Wellborn United Methodist Church. Jinny influenced many young lives through her time with Scouting and Sunday school. She demonstrated love of God and family above herself. She enjoyed adventures and dancing with her beloved Jack, who proceeded her in death on October 26, 2008.
She and Jack, in their roles as Granny and Granpop, created a family legacy of love and fun through Wilson Cousins Camp (CC) that brought our family together in locales across the country. It began simply as a weekend for the grandchildren, the cousins, in their log cabin home in Wellborn. Over the years, as our family grew and cousins married and had children of their own, the annual summer vacation has continued. Her family, now numbering 34, will gather in her honor this summer at Little Saint Simons Island in Georgia. Granny embraced the adventure of each Cousins Camp. At CC '15 in Montana, she went white-water rafting and later the same day she went zip-lining. In July, at CC '17, she walked over a mile up and down hundreds of stairs through underground caverns in Tennessee.
She was exceptional at staying connected, sending letters - and later emails - across the miles. She had a blog before they were commonplace, and had a column in the local newspaper for many years. Her walls, mantel and fridge were filled with photos of loved ones that spanned the decades.
She is survived by one son, Peter (Patty) Hancock Wilson, Houston, TX; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Hartman) Eager, Dahlonega, GA; Margery (Ronnie) Willard, Hamptonville, NC; Emily Jack (Orrie McCrea) Wilson, Gainesville, FL; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Services to celebrate her life were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11, at the Wellborn United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the local hospice or to the Wellborn United Methodist Church are appreciated.
Published on November 13, 2017
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