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Heady-Hardy Funeral Home

7710 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY

OBITUARY

Doris Evelyn Wilson

August 14, 1930April 19, 2020
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Doris Evelyn Wilson, 89, of Louisville, KY passed away on April 19, 2020 at Hospice House in Bowling Green, KY.

Her education included attendance at Georgetown College, Nazareth College, a BS degree from the University of Louisville and a MA degree from Eastern KY University as well as work towards a doctorate at U of L's Institute of Community Development.

Doris was an avid reader all her life and teacher in the Jefferson County Public School System, retiring after 24 years. She was also active in the Kentucky Education Association, having held several positions within the group ranging from President of Classroom Teachers to Chairperson of KY Educators Public Affairs Committee, the head political action arm of the KEA. She was heavily involved in the Grassroots Democratic Party throughout the 70s and 80s and championed for women’s rights all her life. Doris was a Youth Minister while attending Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church and later sang in the choir at Valley Station Baptist. In addition to her interests in education, religion, and politics, she was also passionate about square dancing and was a member of the Kentuckiana Square Dance Association for over 50 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Nina Weyler of Louisville, KY, Mike Weyler (brother) and Gene Wilson (husband).

She is survived by her brothers, Ron Weyler (Shirley) and John Weyler (Mary Lou), her sons, Mark Wilson (Connie) and John Wilson (Barbara), seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, May 23, at Heady-Hardy Funeral Home, 7710 Dixie Hwy. In accordance with the latest COVID-19 restrictions, attendance will be permitted in limited numbers. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed on the Facebook page of Heady-Hardy Funeral Home (streaming will begin at the service time).

Please send any expressions of sympathy in the form of a donation to Lewis Manor Personal Care Home, 2905 Bowling Green Road, Franklin, KY 42134.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

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Caleb Wilson

April 24, 2020

I have many fond memories of "Grandma Doris", which is how she was
known to her grandchildren. First and foremost are the memories of her as a strong and independent woman. She was unfailingly resilient and dependable and encouraged us to follow our dreams.

Me and my siblings would spend two weeks at Grandma Doris's house every summer while we were growing up. Grandma Doris was almost always up before us and would make breakfast, usually eggs and toast, and would cook bacon in the microwave using a special microwavable platter. After she got us settled, she would start reading a book or working on a crossword puzzle while we played. Often times we would watch Matlock or Murder She Wrote with her on the television, or occasionally MASH. Grandma Doris also frequently shared photos and genealogies with us, as chronicling the family history was a favorite past-time of hers.

Grandma Doris would also arrange short trips for us to the zoo or to downtown Louisville to see the Belle of Louisville. Those two weeks every summer with Grandma Doris were always a treat, even as we got older and she had us doing chores around the house, like helping tend the garden or cut the grass. Grandma Doris was always patient and loving.

After I became an adult, Grandma Doris was still there for me. She helped me and my wife purchase our first house, by assisting with closing costs. Though I offered to pay her back, she refused to accept payment. While we were living in Ohio we would stop by Louisville to visit with her on our frequent trips to Bowling Green. We were always welcome.

Grandma Doris was so very delighted to help us celebrate the arrival of our first son, which was her third great-grandchild. She was delighted with all of her great-grandchildren. We will certainly miss Grandma Doris tremendously, but her memory and legacy will continue on through her family and the many people she had a positive impact on over the years. We love and miss you Grandma Doris.

Don and Sue Johnson

April 22, 2020

Doris lived next door to us for many years and was a good neighbor. We have good memories of days gone by and we will miss her. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family, however, we know that they have good memories of days gone by. Keep those precious memories close to your heart and Doris will be with you always!! Peace and Love to each of you.

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