OBITUARY

Bettye D. Wilson

April 4, 1927October 8, 2020
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Bettye Dobson Wilson left her earthly home Thursday, October 8, 2020. She was the only child of Dr. Andrew E. and Mildred G. Dobson. Bettye was born in Chicago April 4, 1927, a true Aries. Her father was the first Black dentist in the Western Suburbs. Her mother was a teacher with the Chicago Board of Education for 35 years.

Bettye was a graduate of Ohio University at Athens, Ohio. She majored in journalism and received her BA degree in 1949.

She also married WWII hero Selwyn J. Wilson in 1949. To that union 4 children were born: Mark, Toni, Scott, and Kellye.

Bettye wrote and had published, “We Are All Americans” in 1959. It was a study in human relations for children and remained a tool in education for over 10 years. She also wrote numerous short stories and expressed her opinions through editorials often published by the Chicago Sun-Times.

As all who know her can testify. Bettye’s passion was dolls. After her retirement she devoted most of her time to sewing for and “playing with” her beloved fashion dolls. Bettye was outspoken often painfully so. But you always knew she meant what she said.

Bettye must have been ready to leave this earth because she always said she wouldn’t go if she wasn’t ready.

Bettye is preceded in death by her son Scott. She leaves behind her son Mark and daughters Toni and Kellye, grandsons Dante’ and Damon, and granddaughters Whitney and Brittany Wilson and great-grandchildren Dayle and Dayna.

Director of South Parkway YWCA 1961—1966 Director Maywood Head Start Program 1966—1967 Director Marcy Center for the Chicago Federation of Settlements 1967—1969 Madden Mental Health Counselor/Administrator 1969—1989 Post Graduate Work George Williams College 1971—1973

Cared for at least 9 cats Has over 1000 dolls

Visitation Friday, October 16, 2020, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home, 17W201 Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181.

Funeral Service Saturday, October 17, 2020, 11:00 AM. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

Memories

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Colleen A Dancik

October 16, 2020

My memories of you will always make me smile. 27yrs of friendship and all I saw in front of me was not a black woman but this incredible strong intelligent woman who I was gifted a friendship. Color was blind. The bridges we would cross together and your ability to always stay true to yourself even if life wasn't approving. We agreed to disagree, and in the end laughter. You taught me so much. I will always love you and cherish the many conversations, lunches and doll shows over the years. Thank you for always being there and being on my side when I needed that. May God keep you and now you are at peace my friend....

Keith Viglietta

October 12, 2020

Keith Viglietta

October 12, 2020

I have known Bettye since 1975, first as my boss (best I ever had), then mentor, later my "second Mom", and ultimately my dear friend. Bettye shared with me her love of dolls, dollhouses and doll clothes; I once built her a three story wood dollhouse. Bettye made her own doll clothes, and often had her doll clothes' patterns published. Bettye loved her many, many cats, as well as her vast collection of classic movies. She had an extensive knowledge of classic movie actors, directors, etc. Bettye's all time favorite movie and actor were "Gone with the Wind" and Clark Gable. Bettye had a sharp mind and pen; she was direct, clear, firm, accurate and sincere. The three people who had the greatest influence on my life were my father, my mother, and my "second Mom" aka "Mom" Bettye. My condolences to all her family and friends. Sincerely, "Son" Keith, North Carolina

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Kellye Lynn Wilson

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Grade school for Kellye.

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Toni's first Prom.

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Young Mark Wilson.

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Kellye Lynn Wilson

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Grade school for Kellye.

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Toni's first Prom.

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Young Mark Wilson.

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Kellye and Toni posing for Mom.

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Little Scott!!!!

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