May 17, 1937 - April 4, 2003

Former Grant County resident Shirley J. Wilson, 65, of Helena, Mont., died April 4 at St. Peter's Hospital in Montana.

She was born May 17, 1937, at Pampa, Texas, to George and Helen Tilcock. Her father drove truck and the family moved often. She attended several schools in different states and graduated from Fillmore, Calif.

While visiting her aunt in Ontario, she met Lyle F. Wilson and they married at Fillmore on Oct. 12, 1955. They moved to Payette, Idaho, where Mr. Wilson worked as a meat cutter. The couple resided in Mt. Vernon and John Day 1962-70 while Mr. Wilson was employed for Wayne "Porky" Stutesman.

Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker and mother of three children. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, church and opened her heart and home to those in need of love and support.

In 1987, the couple moved to East Helena, Mont., and in 1989 she opened up Nana's Daycare.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, Lyle Wilson of East Helena, Mont.; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Daniel Lang of Helena, Mont., and Pamela and Mark Johnson of Missoula, Mont.; son and daughter-in-law, Nolon and Julie Wilson of Helena, Mont.; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; mother, Helen Tilcock; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Allen Younger of Baker City; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brother Donald Tilcock and her father.

A mass of Christian burial was held April 12 at Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church at East Helena, Mont., followed by interment at St. Ann's Cemetery.

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