Virginia Hughes Wilson

February 28, 1947January 6, 2019

Virginia Hughes Wilson, 71, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the early morning hours of January 6, 2019, after an extended illness.

Virginia Mae Hughes was born in Boonville, NY and spent her early years in both Utica and Lyons Falls. She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Collinsville diagonally across the street from her family’s farm. She had fond memories of helping her father with the daily farm chores and truly cherished her early family life.

After graduating from South Lewis High School she attended both Cornell University and the University of Maryland graduating with a degree in Biology. She met her future husband, Eric Wilson, while at Cornell and they married while he was stationed in Washington, DC as a naval officer.

Ginny enjoyed her years of being a teacher in her early career. She worked with all grade levels and abilities and truly got joy from imparting knowledge to others. She later moved on from teaching and took a position as the secretary at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta, a job she was passionate about for close to 25 years. Many will remember her kindness and care in everything she did both for the church and the community. Ginny’s love for humanity shined through her work. She was a member of the Boards of Family Service Association, the United Methodist Women and was an active voice for the Reconciling Ministries Network. She was honored with a Saturday’s Bread Apron Award for exceptional service and received UMW Special Mission Recognition Awards among other achievements during her lifetime.

Although she was generous to others with her time and talents, her true love was her family. Ginny grew up one of five kids and then had five children of her own. She was an amazing mother to two sets of twins (Rachel and Rebecca, Randall and Russell) plus a third daughter (Roselyn). Ginny was an incredibly creative homemaker who could simultaneously make dinner, help with homework and get the family ready for the next project, show, or athletic event. She would put notes in lunches and draw faces on bananas. This would always bring smiles during the day. She would decorate for birthdays and was always the most thoughtful gift giver. She knew what everyone’s favorites were. We thank her for her countless hours behind the wheel taking her children everywhere they needed to go, even if it meant several trips up and down the “S” curve at the high school. She did all of this with a mother’s love and we are so thankful.

Virginia leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Eric Wilson, and her five children and their spouses: Rachel “Kelly” Hansen (Eric), Rebecca Bresee (John), Randall Wilson (Elizabeth), Russell Wilson (Judith), and Roselyn Kinnick (Christopher). She will be greatly missed by twelve grandchildren and her siblings Charles Hughes (Norma), Margaret Pitcher (James), Marilyn Pidgeon, Carolyn LeVan (Timothy), sisters in-law Marjorie Hughes and Gwendolyn (Thomas) Chittenden, as well as their children and other members of the large extended family. She was predeceased by her parents, Evelyn and John Hughes, and her granddaughter, Paige Scarlet Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent to the church at 66 Chestnut Street in memory of Ginny for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.

The family is very thankful to all of the wonderful people at Bassett’s ICU and other departments where she received such exceptional care. We also wish to thank everyone who sent cards, gifts, meals, prayers or was present during her extended illness.

A memorial service at the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


26 January

Memorial Service

3:00 pm

First United Methodist Church

66 Chestnut St
Oneonta, New York 13820


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Mary Anne Forhecz-O’Brien

January 15, 2019

Dear Family,

Thelma, my mom, shared the very sad news of Ginny’s passing and we’re sorry for your loss. Please know our love and prayers are with you. Always!!

Thelma’s voice smiled when she reminisced about Ginny’s birth along with the fond memories of and the joy of watching her grow up. I, too, vividly remember Ginny’s captivating smile and radiant spirit I noticed age of five! (She was 12 years older than I).

The Hughes family are very blessed to have each other’s company in a such a beautiful part of the county. Whenever I’ve visited “Mom’s hometown “ I always felt proud and honored to reconnect with our family. It’s so wonderful to see old fashioned traditions are still alive and cherished.

Until we meet again, please know we will be there with you love and spirit!

Consider yourself hugged,
Mary Anne Forhecz-O’Brien

Carol Thomas

January 8, 2019

Much love to all of you. I have such gratitude for having had Ginny in my life. Her light continues to shine through all of you.

Marilyn Rosas

January 8, 2019

Wilson Family,

My sincere condolences to all of you. Your mom was such a wonderful lady and I was always happy when she was my substitute. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Marilyn Rosas