Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara Frances Whitner Wilson, a 78 year old Buffalo, Wyoming woman who passed away Wednesday in Casper, Wyoming, will be celebrated Wednesday, April 4th at 10:00 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as Celebrant. Visitation will be held at the Adams Funeral Home on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held and the Rosary recited on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with interment to be on Thursday, April 5th at 9:00 a.m. Donations in Mrs. Wilson’s memory may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Building Fund in care of the Adams Funeral Home.
Barbara was born on May 15, 1933 in Havana, Cuba to Randolph Whitner and Frances Margaret Kresge Whitner. She grew up and went to school in Kew Gardens, New York and graduated from Forest Hills High School. She was married on January 27, 1951 in Seattle, Washington to Lewis Allen Wilson and they made their home in Seattle for one year where Mr. Wilson was a nuclear physicist. They moved to Richland, Washington they started raising their family with the birth of the first of their four children the following year. They were in Richland for three and a half years before moving to Los Angles, California where they lived for 15 years and Barbara raised their children and studied nursing and liberal arts at Pierce College. In 1970 they moved to New Orleans where they lived for 23 years. Barbara managed the silver and fine china department at D. H. Holmes in New Orleans for several years before earning her Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans and working as an accountant. She later earned a Masters degree in theology from Loyola University of New Orleans, writing her thesis on the Jewish existentialist Martin Buber. The Wilsons moved to Buffalo, Wyoming in 1993. Lewis passed away in October of 1998 and Barbara continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death.
Barbara was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, travel, church, cooking, crafts, and decorating her home and garden. She loved sharing in spirited conversations with her family and friends.
She is survived by one son, Paul Scott Wilson of Denver, Colorado; two daughters, Linda Anne 'Daniel Laws' Wilson of Jackson, Mississippi and Caitlin Triall Wilson of Portland, Oregon; her brother Alonzo Church Whitner of Bradenton, Florida; four grandchildren: Judd Allen Wilson, Christopher Kyle Wilson, Stephen Parker Wilson, and Michael Joseph Wilson, and four great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Priscilla Randolph Whitner, her husband Lewis Allen Wilson, and their sons Dale Allen Wilson and Lee Alvin Wilson.