Nickerson Funeral Home

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Virginia P. Wilson

October 9, 1920February 19, 2020

Virginia Peters Wilson of South Yarmouth, MA formerly from East Orleans and Yarmouth Port, was the wife of Thomas D. Wilson, who died in 2000. They had been married for 59 years.

Virginia was the daughter of Clara Wheeler and Irving Louis Peters. Born October 9, 1920 in Worchester she grew up in Grafton, spending each summer at the family’s cottage in North Eastham.

In 1938, Virginia graduated from Oak Grove, a Quaker boarding school for girls in Vassalboro, ME. In 1942, she graduated from Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, VA. This is where she met Thomas (“Joe”), the love of her life. They became college sweethearts and eloped in 1941, keeping it a secret from their parents until after graduation.

In 1943, Virginia joined Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, CT. She retired as an administrator in the Group & Pension Department in 1979. That same year, Virginia and Joe moved from West Hartford, CT to their second home in East Orleans. They both became members of the Orleans Yacht Club. After Joe’s death, Virginia moved to Heatherwood at Kings Way in Yarmouth Port.

Virginia was predeceased by two brothers; Charles Peters and Forest Peters, one sister Alice MacMackin. She leaves behind several nieces, nephews and her devoted friends Virginia and Joe.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.

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Virginia P. Wilson

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meg spokus

March 19, 2020

to ginny's family,

i have precious memories of ginny and her sister alice together on martha's vineyard and orleans. the two best shoppers and purple lovers there ever were.

much love to all and blessings on your journey, ginny


Carrie Moore

February 27, 2020

I am very sad to hear of Mrs. Wilson's passing. She was such a lovely lady. I enjoyed our talks together. Her life was interesting and I'm glad she shared her stories with me. She will be greatly missed.