December 3, 1970 – July 4, 2018
A Memorial Service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square 1525 H St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (at Sixteenth Street) on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 4 PM. A Reception will follow the service at The Metropolitan Club 1700 H St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Coat and Tie, Commensurate Attire for Women)
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August 2, 2018
Jim, Cal and William,
The first time I met Heather was at a St. Patrick’s meeting and she offered me a power bar with a smile on her face. She continued to always have that same spirit of giving and kindness during our time working on committees and events at St. Pats. Her enthusiastic smile and sparkling eyes were always present with her kind spirit. I will truly miss her. Our family will keep all of you in our prayers.
Holly, David, Austin & Alex Tyler
August 1, 2018
Dear Jim, Cal and William,
I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Heather I think of her warm eyes and smile - she was truly a beautiful woman inside and out. We met when my daughter Rowan was at Capitol Hill Play School with Cal. I clearly remember one day I was dropping my daughter off and Heather asked if I would take Cal in for her - I can’t now remember why but I said sure and he came along with us. I was with a friend and as we got into my car to enjoy our two hours of “freedom” Heather came up to the car and thanked me for helping her out - she was about to go for a run. After she left, I said to my friend, “You know the thing about her? She’s the whole package - she is not only beautiful and smart but she is genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever met.” Sixteen years later or so I mentioned Heather’s passing to the same friend, who hadn’t seen her since that day, and she remembered Heather - that’s the kind of person she was - you remembered her.
Your wife, your mother, was full of grace -she loved her family. She always had a ready smile, was helpful and was the real deal. We will all miss her.
Sue Hendrickson and the McMakin family
Robin and Fred webber
July 27, 2018
Dear Jim and Cal and William,
I am part of the Sisters of St. John, and that is my most meaningful connection with Heather, especially at the Rehoboth Beach Spiritual Retreats. Suffice to say she was PRESENT in all ways, especially when I was sick one year and she made a point of checking on me to see if I was OK. We all loved Heather, it is as simple as that.
Fred and I are in Maine, and regret that we are unable to attend her memorial service. I truly wish I could join the St. John's sisters and you in honoring her precious life. Please know that we will be there in spirit, and thinking of your family, and how special Heather was to each and everyone who knew her.
Robin and Fred Webber
July 22, 2018
Jim, Cal and William,
Heather had a smile that could
truly light up a room. That is how I am remembering her today and always. She loved all of you dearly and it was such a joy to hear about her many adventures with you all. I send my sympathies and love to you now. I am holding you all in the light.
July 21, 2018
Jim, Cal, William-
My delay in writing has been the result of reflection on many great stories. Most impressionable was our road trip to the Ozarks. There's a good chance you and John knew what we were getting into and made the call not to interrupt the "Norma and Louise" adventure.... what a trip with the boys!! I have so many thoughtful notes, Christmas cards and memories. These will be a cherished gift.
If John and I can provide you all with anything please reach out we are open and ready for a beach visit if you would like to come to Wilmington at any time.
With tremendous affection,
Alex, John, McCain and Tenneyson
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.