September 22, 1926 – October 2, 2020
CAROLYN MOHN WILSON 1926-2020
On October 2, 2020, Carolyn Mohn Wilson, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, wife, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at her home on Cousins Island in Yarmouth at the age of 94 years.
Carolyn was born on September 22, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, where she lived as a child and young adult. She earned a BA in Library Science at Wayne State University in 1948, and courageously traveled to Europe as a single woman for a 10-week educational trip in 1950. She was a teacher in her early career and later took on corporate roles. She married John Wilson of Ontario, Canada in 1952 in Detroit and the couple moved to Canada, where their daughter Jean was born. The family later moved to Chicago; the Niagara Falls, New York, area; Pennsylvania; and New Hampshire. Carolyn and John then relocated to Buffalo, and finally, to Cousins Island in Yarmouth. One of Carolyn’s greatest passions was travel: she and her husband journeyed to destinations in Europe, Asia, Northern Africa, Central America, and South America.
Carolyn’s other passions included bridge, theater and the arts, gardening, and sailing. One of her favorite pastimes was dining with family and close friends at the Royal River Grill (“The Cannery”) where she even had a meal named after her: “The Mrs. Wilson Salmon.” She was civic-minded, taking on official roles at the Yarmouth Village Improvement Society and deeply involved in local organizations, including the Newcomers Club; the Woman’s Literary Union; and numerous historical societies. An adventurous woman, and very much ahead of her time, she was independent, progressive, and courageous, confident always in living life on her own terms and setting a strong example for others. She was fashion-minded, always dressed in vibrant colors and meticulously stylish. She was unwaveringly devoted to family, friends, and her faith. A tremendous friend and neighbor, she was unfailingly generous, ever social, and made friends wherever she went. She had a way of making a lasting positive impression on everyone she met.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 39 years, John Wilson; her brother, Elmer Mohn; her brothers-in-law George Koch, Basil Wilson, and Howard Byford; her sisters-in-law Olive Wilson, Ann Wilson, and Betty Byford; her parents Cecilia Moberly and Elmer Mohn; and longtime friend Garfield Ingraham.
Carolyn will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Jean Wilson and her son-in-law John Roberts; her grandchildren Cassie Pruyn (Lauren), Tina Pruyn (Kevin), Alison DaRosa (Dan), and Matthew Roberts (Jenny); her great-grandchildren Elin, Anna, and Maggie; her dear friend Judy Bertram; her sister Patricia Koch; her sister-in-law Laureen Mohn; her brother-in-law Ron Wilson; her nieces Mary Lou Mohn, Kim Koch, Jennifer Wilson, Paula Ratkovsky, and Darlene Byford; her nephews John Mohn, Glenn Wilson, and Denis Byford; and many neighbors and friends.
Carolyn’s family would like to express deep, heart-felt gratitude for the amazing caregiving team who lovingly supported Carolyn through her last months in life.
Service will be private.
Those wishing to send a tribute in memory of Carolyn may do so at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St.
Should you wish to make a donation in remembrance, please send to: • First Church of Christ, Scientist, 61 Neal Street, Portland, ME 04102 or to Preble Street, 38 Preble St, Portland, ME. 04101.
October 19, 2020
It will be hard to think of Cousins Island without Carolyn. We met her at least twenty years ago, at a Harvest Supper she attended with her wonderful friend, Garfield. As we got to know her, she seemed ageless: bright, forever interested in so many things, outgoing, cheery, and, in short, a delight. We will miss her enthusiasm, intelligence, and uplifting presence in our lives.
Catherine and Michael Gentile
October 10, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Carolyn's passing. I will always think of Carolyn as a loving and caring person. Whether she was greeting someone at a VIS meeting or seeing her in the grocery store Carolyn always spoke with confidence and compassion. I am happy to have called Carolyn my friend.
October 8, 2020
Dear Jean, John, and the Wilson families,
My deepest sympathy for your loss of a woman who lived such a full and wonderful life.
Peace and love,
October 7, 2020
As Carolyn's next door neighbor, my family and I enjoyed many lunchtime meals with her at her favorite restaurant, The Royal River Grill (or "The Cannery," as she used to call it) or other lunch spots that she and I would investigate. She was such a regular at Royal River Grill, that the restaurant named one of it's dishes after her: "Mrs. Wilson's Poached Salmon!" I so enjoyed our conversations that I would mention her frequently to one of my dear friends from Texas who, upon visiting me in Maine, insisted that we have lunch with Carolyn so that she could get to know Carolyn too! Carolyn invited me to VIS meetings (It's a great way to hear about everything going on in Yarmouth!" she would say...) and kept me entranced with great stories from her past. Her kindness and caring nature have been inspiring to me, and she will be sorely missed.
October 4, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I was blessed to meet Carolyn through the Village Improvement Society and realized we were neighbors. She was the most gracious , welcoming and kindest of ladies I have ever met. We shared many good conversations and I learned much about this area from her. I am grateful for her friendship and miss her very much.
The Village Improvement Society was truly fortunate and thankful for Carolyn’s dedication and work all these years serving on the board and where needed. We are forever grateful for her hospitality and friendship. She is missed.
October 2, 2020
The Ingraham families are so sorry for your loss. Carolyn was a dear close friend to us and especially our father, Garfield. They spent many great times together and especially loved going to the movies and eating lunch at the Downeast Restaurant. Carolyn was always fun to chat with, had a great memory, and remembered everyone's name. Her work with the Village Improvement Society was precious and appreciated. We will all miss the Thanksgiving dinners together and give special thanks now for having her grace our presence and lives. She was a very special lady.