Helen Ann Wilson returned to her heavenly home on August 11, 2018 surrounded by her family. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
Helen was born to the late Peter and Susie Parks; in Chicago, IL on May 12, 1934, the oldest of four children. Helen was blessed with a loving family and a host of friends who became family. She married the love of her life, the late George Fletcher Wilson, on September 28th, 1957 in Chicago, IL.
Helen attended Lucy Flowers High School, graduated from cosmetology school and retired from the Board of Education after 15 years of service. She accepted Christ at an early age and was faithful member of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago where she ministered with the Golden Gospel Choir under the leadership of Stanley Stovall (her baby); and guided in her faith under the leadership of Rev. James T. Meeks, whom she loved dearly.
Helen was many things to many people. She was a friend to young and old alike; she was a mother and grandmother not only to her family but to generations of neighborhood children as well. She was a Diva, a fashionista and jazzy until the end. She loved to look good and was free with compliments to everyone. She always said “give compliments where they are due”. She never hesitated to tell someone they were beautiful or how good they looked. Helen didn’t know any strangers; she was quick with a smile and friendly conversation.
If you had the pleasure of sitting on her porch she would tell wonderful stories and have your stomach hurting from laughing too hard. She had these sayings, such as “he was sharper than Dick when Hattie died”. I don’t think anyone knows who Hattie or Dick are, but you knew what she meant, or “it was quieter than a mouse peeing on cotton”. Even if you thought you had heard all the old sayings, she would always come up with a new one you had never heard before.
She was momma, grandma, Mama Helen, Mrs. Wilson, Auntie Helen and a friend. She became family to anyone and everyone who met her. She was unconditional, non-judgmental… LOVE. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.
Helen is survived by her sister, Regina Jones, daughters Judy (Dexter) Thompson, LaShauan (Charles) Swift and goddaughter, Tandra Sanders. She was blessed with bonus children, Sandra (Charles) Wilkes, Brenda (Cornell) Rycraw and Juan “Shadar” Taylor; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and her dear and faithful friend and porch buddy Rebecca Brown.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George Wilson, brother, Clarence “Sonny” Parks, and sister, Claudette King.
Chicago, IL 60628