Vivian Mitchell Wilson
July 30, 1941 – December 1, 2018
There is a time to be born and a time to die. That time for Vivian Mitchell Wilson came on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Vivian was born on July 30, 1941 in Catawba County. She graduated from Hildebran High School in 1959 where she was affectionately nicknamed “Moose Mitchell” for her tall stature as a basketball player. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lenoir-Rhyne College and a master’s degree from Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
She married her husband, Bobby, in 1968 and together reared two daughters, Jessica Wilson Sanchez (Celedonio Rodriguez-Sanchez) and Carrie Beth Wilson Ramsey (Chuck Ramsey). She also is survived by her precious grandson, Bobby M. Sanchez and treasured nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Lee Mitchell and Jessie Viola Wilson, as well as two sisters, Carrie Bernice Aderholdt and Bobbie Lee Clark Hensley.
She spent 49 years in service to the Lord as organist of Hildebran United Methodist Church, and in recent years, enjoyed her membership at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and going on excursions with her friends who were lovingly called the “Golden Girls.” She is remembered for her quick wit, her dedication to education as a veteran teacher of 38 years and as a lifelong servant of her Lord.
A Service will be held at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Rutherford College with Pastors Tony Bowman and April Abernethy on Wednesday, December 5 at 12pm pm with burial following the service at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 to 11:45am at the church.
Memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Wilson to Hildebran United Methodist Church at PO BOX 550 Hildebran, NC 28637 or Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church at PO BOX 127, Rutherford College, NC 28671.
Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com.
The Wilson Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.
Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church
PO Box 127, Rutherford College, NC 28671
Hildebran United Methodist Church
110 S Center St., Hildebran , NC 28637
- Visitation Wednesday, December 5, 2018
- Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Vivian Mitchell Wilson
Carrie Wilson Ramsey
January 3, 2019
It's been a month since you've been gone, and honestly, I can't imagine spending the rest of my life not hearing your voice tell me you love me. I consider myself beyond blessed that I can actually say my mom was my best friend. I will do all that I can to take care of Max the way you would want me to as his aunt. I'll hold him to high standards like you did with Jessica and me, and I will love him and guide him as you would. Please kiss Daddy for me. I miss you, but I'm grateful you're in no more pain and with the rest of our family in heaven. I can't wait to hold you again.
"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my Mommy you'll be."
Raymond Gentry Jr.
December 13, 2018
Raymond Gentry (Ray)
Mrs. Wilson was my 5th grade teacher who always made everyday special and when my dad died I was in the sixth grade and she was the one who pulled me out of class to let me know that my dad had just died and I started crying and she hugged me and told me my dad was not suffering anymore and that he would always be in my heart and he would always be watching over me from heaven and she held me until my bother picked me up and I have always cherished that moment and then went to Jr. high and then High school and after High school (1992) I didn't see her for 15 years but in March of 2007 I started going to First Methodist of Hildebran with my brother and my neice and after service as I was walking out I heard someone say my name so I turned around and there stood Vivian and she had the biggest smile on her face and so did I and I started going every week and the more I went the closer we got we would cut up and laugh and joke around and then some of us men from the church put together a men's softball team and Vivian and other church members started coming to our games and every game Vivian came to watch I would hug her and we would cut up and laugh until the game started and even after 15 years she still made everyday special and I'm so blessed that I got to know her as a person outside the class room cause she was a wonderful person and she touched so many hearts in her lifetime especially mine I will never forget the times and the fellowship we shared together.
Dr. Eric Childers
December 5, 2018
I have been blessed with many accomplished teachers and professors at some of the nation’s best schools, including Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia. This said, the single most influential, transformative, and beloved teacher I ever had was Ms. Vivian. Her care, rigor, energy, heart, and expectation for excellence and giving one’s very best came at a pivotal time for me as a fifth grader. I think of her often and am grateful to have known her during her pilgrimage on earth. May God comfort and hold Ms. Vivian’s loved ones in this difficult time. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Gina Eckard Baker
December 4, 2018
Mrs. Wilson was my 5th grade teacher. She was my favorite teacher. She was supportive, fun, engaging & she truly cared about her students education and well being. She always gave a student of the year award on awards day. I wanted to receive that award so much because I knew if I did I had met her approval. I had not won very much in my life but I did win that award. It meant more to me than anyone ever knew.
Sometimes I would run into Mrs. Wilson at the grocery store and she always remembered who I was. She meant the world to me and will be missed. I am happy for her that she is now receiving her eternal reward.
I love you Mrs. Wilson!
December 3, 2018
You are so missed and influenced so many people through home, school and church. I hope you know that our love for you will continue on through life and in heaven. We miss and love you and hope you know how wonderful you made all of our lives while you were here. Take care and see you later with the angels.