Jean R. Wilson

May 23, 1924April 2, 2019

Clara Jean Wilson (née Roderick) died peacefully at the Harbor at Harmony Crossing, at Lake Oconee, Georgia, on April 2, 2019 at the age of 94. Jean was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and lived in Griffith, Indiana, Tokyo, Japan, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Burr Ridge, Illinois before moving to Vero Beach, Florida and then Georgia a few years ago. She was a volunteer leader and active church member all her life, and held numerous offices in the church groups, philanthropic organizations, and clubs she enjoyed. By her example, Jean encouraged her two boys to become involved in their communities from their earliest memories. After she was widowed, she became more involved in her church home at the Hinsdale United Methodist Church and delighted in her trips with friends into Chicago to enjoy its symphony orchestra and Art Institute. She loved playing bridge 3 or 4 days a week in her spare time, and played well into her 90’s.

Jean was born to Owen M and Clara Carter Roderick. She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and the University of Akron, Ohio, before marrying William A. (Bill) Wilson in June, 1947. They moved to the Midwest when Bill began working as a Chemist at the Standard Oil Company, and raised their family in the town of Griffith. Jean and Bill spent three years in Tokyo, Japan before moving back to the Chicago area, and then three years in Brazil before settling in Burr Ridge. Jean became active with P.E.O. in addition to her volunteer service to the Methodist Church. She moved to Vero Beach about 6 years ago and then to the Harbor in 2017.

Jean is survived by her sister, Gwynn Ennis, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, sons Rod (Chris) in Greensboro, Georgia, and David (Bonnie) in Vero Beach, Florida, as well as her three granddaughters, Becky, Natalie (Andrea Oggioni), and Laura, and her great-grandchildren Jack and Emily. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, and her grandson, Greg.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM, with a reception to follow at the Rose Hill Funeral Home 3653 W Market St Akron, Ohio 44333. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jean’s life. Memories and condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 South Garfield, Hinsdale, Il 60521, the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312 or the Hibiscus Children’s Center, P.O. Box 12489, Fort Pierce, FL 34979. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers and staff at the Harbor of Harmony Crossing and her helper Sandra Crutchfield for their continual loving care.


  • Hinsdale United Methodist Church
  • P.E.O. Foundation
  • Hibiscus Children's Center


  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 13, 2019

Jean R. Wilson

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Laura Wilson

April 7, 2019

I love you, Grandma. One thing you always wanted to know when we spoke was whether I was happy. Well Grandma, right now I can’t tell you that I am. My heart breaks having to say goodbye to you, but I take comfort in knowing you lived a full and beautiful life. I’m so grateful for the time I had with you and cherish the many special memories. And I know I’m not the only one whose life you touched. I’ll be carrying that love you had for me - and our whole family - in my heart, always.

May I never forget the way your voice sounded when you said, with a smile, “hey darlin” or “hi honey!” I will also never see a purple flower, a bunny, or a deck of cards without thinking of you and smiling. There will be many happy days ahead, and while I wish you could be a part of them, it’s easier knowing that you’re in a better place and happy too.

“The ones who love us never really leave us, you can always find them in here ❤️”