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Obituary of Eloise Wilson
Eloise Wilson passed away at age 101 on January 11, 2022 in Lake Wales. She was
born on March 4, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Florence and Otto Sanaker
and moved to St. Petersburg in 1939 to help her mother run the William and Mary
Hotel. She met her husband, Herb, and they married in 1941.
She began the life of a pilot’s wife, living in Lakeland, Daytona Beach and Winter
Haven. Herb was a flight instructor at Bartow Air Base and they founded Wilson
Printing in 1960. She and Herb loved boating, especially going to Shell Island in
St. Petersburg, touring and camping in their RV.
Eloise enjoyed her family, bible study, oil painting and she would paint landscapes
at every camp site. She played the organ and was a member of Fletcher’s Melody
Makers and performed at nursing homes and talent shows at Lake Ashton. She was a
member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Havenettes
Eloise was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Wilson. She is survived by
her children, Barbara “Bunnie” (Mike) MeGahee and Carl “Buster” (Joni) Wilson.
Grandchildren Chris (Kim) Beatty, David (Robin) Parker, Amanda (Rick) Hilliker and
Matt Wilson. Great grandchildren David, Landon, Kelsey and Berkley Parker; Grace,
Mary Belle and Hope Hilliker; Camyrn, Paityn, and Emily Wilson, as well as our
Mrs. Wonderful, friend Deanna Morris, and caregiver Tammy Millington. Thanks to
Cousin Ann Meadows for all her help, and cousins Judy Kaylor, Lamar Blair and
Gordon Simons for their support.
Visitation will be at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 19th, followed by the funeral.
Service at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at the First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa, FL.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Eloise Wilson, please visit Tribute Store