1938 – 2020
Aurelia “Lee” Wilson joined her husband Robert “Bob” T. Wilson in heaven on February 28, 2020 after a six-month battle with cancer. Lee was born on September 24, 1938 in Yakima, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington and married Bob on August 13, 1965. Although they wedded on a Friday the 13th, a running yarn in the family, they enjoyed 53 years of wonderful marriage. Lee is survived by her son John Ross Wilson, daughter Kerry Ann Mayhall, daughter-in-law Cheryl Wilson, son-in-law Kurt Mayhall, and four teen-aged grandchildren: Nicholas Mayhall, Luke Wilson, Amelia Mayhall and Malia Wilson. Lee is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard Wilson, sister-in-law Patricia Wilson, sister-in-law Susan Watson, brother-in-law Robert Watson, and 10 nieces and nephews.
Lee was devoted to her children. She did not work while raising John and Kerry in order to provide them with as much motherly education and support possible. She loved to work, however, and began working Saturdays during her children’s formative years as a legal secretary at the Ferguson & Burdell law firm in Seattle. She later worked at a spa company in Woodinville before returning to legal work at the Livengood Alskog, PLLC, law firm in Kirkland, Washington. Lee’s work ethic was second to none: she loved her job, loved her coworkers, and continued to actively work until retiring in December of 2018 at the age of 80.
Lee enjoyed many activities, all of which she excelled at: she was a master seamstress, craft worker extraordinaire, and most notably, an amazing grandmother. Lee doted on her grandchildren, encouraged and supported their activities, eagerly taught them cooking, baking and crafts, and had endless fun with them. Lee was an avid reader of mysteries and classics. Lee loved to travel — she enjoyed trips to Europe, particularly Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom, and raved about cruising the Panama Canal. Lee greatly enjoyed her Kingsgate community, especially the local pool where she spent many a sunny summer afternoon with her neighborhood friends.
Finally, and most importantly, Lee affectionately warmed every person who was fortunate to encounter her. She will be fondly remembered by her family, her many friends, her neighbors, her coworkers and even the employees at the local stores in Kirkland with whom she would banter and laugh. Lee’s personality was boisterous, friendly, funny, intelligent and gregarious. Her laugh was frequent and full of joy and love. Lee’s memory will lovingly survive in the hearts of all her knew her.
Lee’s online Guestbook can be accessed at www.bartonfuneral.com
Services: Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:00 am
Nile Golf & Country Club 6601 244th St. SW
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Private interment: Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA
Memorials may be made to:
The Evergreen Hospice Care Center
12822 124th Ln NE, Kirkland, WA 98034