Heather Wilson

December 3, 1970July 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)


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Reception Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Heather Wilson

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Holly Tyler

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

Sue Hendrickson

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

Jen Danish

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.

Jen Danish

Alexandra Wnek

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

Sydney Petty

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.

Megan Shapiro

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

Kimberly Payton

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.

Julie Jubeir

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.

Julie Jubeir

Nikki Thompson

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