December 3, 1970 – July 4, 2018
Heather Wilson was born on December 3, 1970 and passed away on July 4, 2018
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July 19, 2018
Jim, I am so sorry to hear that Heather passed away. I saw her recently on one of my walks in the neighborhood and we had a nice neighborly chat. I am sorry for you and the boys and wish you all the best.
July 14, 2018
Dear Jim- Seth and I have such fold memories of sweet Heather with her beaming smile. As you may remember, we met at Cal and our son Mitch’s 2-year old playgroup co-op at the Lutheran Church in 2002. We had just moved to DC, and what a fun crew of parents and kids we found to bond with! Parents were on-duty for the maniac 2-year olds “school” - after which everyone (parents most of all!) needed a solid nap. Heather was always so composed in the midst of the mayhem, and even with her house full of boys! We would have tea together sometimes when you all were in DC, and then sporadically as you travelled and came back thru DC. She taught me that its much more tasty (& civilized!) to use loose tea than a teabag (true!) I always loved hearing her hilarious stories about the family and your adventures here and abroad. One favorite for me was when she wrapped a strand of her hair around the front doorknobs as a booby trap to bust the kids if they tried to sneak out of the house. Much respect for that one!! Heather was a joy to be around, and a true free spirit and I will cherish our visits together always. Meg Shapiro/DC
July 13, 2018
I was in Heather's sorority (Pi Beta Phi) pledge class at K-State. Heather was a wonderful, energetic young woman. I recall accidentally meeting up in the summer of 1995 in DC, at a Kansas Banker's Association dinner- she was there representing Sen. Roberts, I was there with my father (KBA board member), and how thrilled we both were seeing a familiar face and fellow Pi Phi.
Her beauty, intelligence, and active spirit will be remembered. My prayers are with all her family and friends.
July 12, 2018
Jim, Cal and Will
I got to know Heather when the boys were little and we would have play dates at the playgrounds around DC (Palisades, Hardy and Turtle) and the boys would run around for hours. We had many hours to talk and I really enjoyed the time we spent together. She will be missed.
July 12, 2018
Hi Jim, Cal and William
I am so, so sorry to hear of the loss of beautiful Heather. The year that we worked together at Ronald McDonald house Wellington was so much fun. She was a giving, kind, loving person who always thought of others and was always ready with a smile. Thinking of you all at this sad time, I wish I could be with you on 1st August to celebrate Heathers life.
Arohanui from New Zealand Nikki
July 11, 2018
Dear Wilsons, no words, just love. Please visit us in Jackson Hole and get some fresh air! Anytime!
Heather, you were so special to me for so many reasons - Capitol Hill Staffers and St. Patricks Moms. --so crazy that we both served on Capitol Hill together...I venture to guess you also know Brett Kavanagh, the Supreme Court Nominee! I wish we could talk about it - on a run....my best memories are running with you...
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Until we meet again.......Celia
July 10, 2018
Dear Jim, Cal and William
Sending our deepest sympathy from the Wellington House of RMHC NZ. Staff and Volunteers who had the pleasure of working beside Heather are extremely sad to hear of Heather’s passing. We will remember Heather for being the most dedicated, passionate and amazing volunteer who went beyond the call of duty at our Wellington Ronald McDonald House. We also remember Heather spending long hours at the House leaving you Jim to take care of Cal and William. A family commitment which we acknowledged when our new House, was opened in October 2012. Unfortunately Heather didn’t make that trip back to see what she contributed too however we will remember Heather and you all by the dedication on our Donor wall in our House entrance and hope one day you may visit. In our thoughts, Rest in Peace our friend Heather, Staff & Volunteers RMHC NZ
July 10, 2018
...... Your dedication on our House Wall Wilson Family xxx
July 9, 2018
My dear sweet friend! You were a light to so many in your St. Patrick's Community and beyond. Few people have the capacity to warm the hearts of so many so deeply all over the world. I am at a loss of words with my grief but I do want Jim, Cal and Will to know that the Tongours love you all and hope to be of service. Heather adored her family and friends and I have to believe she still does. . . I will keep my heart and eyes open for "Heather Moments" - when something happens that I know she would enjoy or appreciate and therefore try to feel her presence. Until then, I will hold on to the memories like this photo of Heather strong and happy sailing us safely to a shared beachside banquet in Bequia . . .
May you rest in the peace that surpasses all understanding. Love, Lalie
July 9, 2018
Jim, Cal and Will,
I met Heather in Senator Roberts' office as an intern. Fresh from her honeymoon, we shared a love of Harbour Island and later, of Annapolis. She was very kind to me. I remember when she was pregnant with Cal and thought she was stunning in Jim's button down shirts, a simple skirt and a jaunty scarf tied around her neck.
I was delighted to babysit for Cal, to bump into Heather at Kansas events and to follow your adventures on Coel Mor.
My favorite memory of Heather was in 2014 during Senator Roberts' campaign. We had just pulled into Wellington for the parade later that evening and I noticed through Facebook that Heather, Cal and Will were in town as well. I shot her a note with the muster point and she joined us, beaming and ready to wave in the parade. It was great to see her and the boys. They hopped on the back of the truck and Heather strolled along with our contingent. It was a hot summer night in a small Kansas town. The parade route was packed and it was a simple all-American evening.
Having Heather join up with us was a reminder of the strength of the bond of the "Roberts Family." A few years can go by, but the staff that the Senator, Leroy and Jackie put together are such excellent people we can pick up right where we left off. Our Roberts family will miss her, but we will have rich memories of her service and friendship.
July 9, 2018
Dear Heather’s family,
Heather worked for me in the Children & Teens Department at Politics & Prose Bookstore. She was such a pleasure. I loved hearing her stories of your sailing adventures and often asked to hear them, living vicariously! She was positive, warm, and funny, a hard worker who was eager to learn and share her love of books. Not only was she an asset to our department as an employee, she was a friend. When she left she gave all of us gifts—bracelets she made from sailing line, each one different to complement the colors we most often wore. Heather was generous and considerate, a truly good person.
July 9, 2018
Dear Jim, Cal and William. I was very sad to hear Heather had passed away and you have all been in my thoughts so much over the last few days. Heather was such an amazing woman; gorgeous, fearless, dedicated, intelligent,alot of fun - just to name a few! It was such a privilege to share part of my life with her and your beautiful family. She always said she was the best tourist guide in DC and she sure was, we will always remember our holiday with you guys over there. I will always remember what an incredible volunteer Heather was at our Ronald McDonald House here in Wellington NZ - she made an invaluable contribution to our team. I simply cannot believe our paths will not cross again. You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Kia Kaha Lesley Slieker NZ
Jocelyn Brown Hall
July 8, 2018
Jim, Cal and William: Miranda, Christian, Nathan, Richard and I are all terribly saddened to hear about Heather's sudden passing. We are praying for and thinking of you at this time. Godspeed to all of you. Sincerely, the Halls
July 6, 2018
To Heather’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Heather and I went to KSU at the same time. She was 2 years ahead of me and was an incredibly important role model and friend to me. Her impact on my life was significant. She helped me in my major, and most critically (beyond the importance of her friendship) she helped me understand how to apply for an internship with Senator Kassebaum. I’m certain that the time I spent knowing Heather and the time spent in DC altered the course of my life for the good and in a million unknowable ways. While we lost touch along the way, she mattered to me. Much love and strength to you all.
Joni Franklin Breitenbach
July 6, 2018
Heather was always a kind and gracious spirit. Some what soft spoken, but her impact on you was great. From our days in the sorority house, to my D.C. visits, she always made time for friends. I will miss her greatly, and offer my prayers and support to her family and friends. You will be missed my friend.
July 6, 2018
Jim and family, Shannon and I are praying for you. I am forever grateful for your and Heather’s hospitality as I moved to DC. Heather was my first boss at the Wellington pool where she lead our “crew” with humility, humor, and hard work. Over the years she continued to offer guidance and support. That is how I will remember Heather, as someone who cared for others and did all she could to help us along the way.