GayNelle Wilson

September 24, 1921January 26, 2021

GayNelle Wilson of Waco passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at the age of 99 years. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4, at at the funeral home. Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 4, at Robinson Cemetery.

GayNelle was born on September 24, 1921 to Austin B. and Lutie (Nelson) Cotharn in New Boston, Texas. She was a member of Western Heights Baptist Church. GayNelle worked as an office manager for Gandler-Snyder Engineering Company for 27 years. She was a member of Walter Baldwin Chapter 929 order of the Eastern Stars, and was a past Matron and also held 17 different offices, with many grand appointments for the Grand Chapter of Texas in Arlington, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wilson, both parents and 11 siblings.

Survivors include her sons, Robert Wilson and wife, Carolyn of San Antonio, Billie Wilson and wife, Nancy of Kaufman; 6 grandchildren: Cheryl, Misty, Billie Jo, Robin, Rob, Bill Jr.; 5 great-grandchildren: Melody, Jonathan, Nicholas, Stephen, Haley, and 2 great-grandsons: Christopher, Killian; and 19 nieces and nephews.

Her family always recognized her loving heart and generous spirit.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 4, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, February 4, 2021


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Misty Gordon

February 3, 2021

I have so many memories of my grandmother. When we were growing up she took us to play putt putt, and to slide down the super slide in a potato sack! We could actually take the keys out of her ignition while she was driving and it would still run! She wouldn’t know until we got to where we were going that the keys were gone. She loved to laugh! And she even played Twister with us! I also loved her fried egg in bacon grease. And will miss how she always burned the first batch of rolls. :). Love you grandmother!