OBITUARY

Claudette Wilson

March 17, 1940June 26, 2020

Lura Claudette Faulk Wilson

Claudette was born on March 17, 1940, in Shelbyville, Tennessee, the daughter of Noble Claude Faulk and Lura Kathryn Drake Faulk. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Birmingham, Alabama, achieving numerous academic, community service and social awards and honors. Her undergraduate schools were Harding University and Missouri State University, where she once again achieved an outstanding record of successes and recognition. In 1961, she married John F. Wilson and they moved to Springfield, Missouri, where they shared in a campus ministry for several years. She began her career as a teacher in a Christian Kindergarten, then as an elementary teacher in two outstanding school systems in Missouri and Iowa. She and John had three daughters during their years in Springfield, Laura (1966), Amy (1968), and Emily (1970). In 1979 she received a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University and served for several years as a public school guidance counselor. In 1983 the family moved to California, where John served as Dean of Seaver College at Pepperdine University. She soon began a career as a college professor, first as an adjunct in Teacher Education, and then, following her completion of a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1996), a tenure-track position at Pepperdine. As a teacher and mentor in Education and Educational Psychology, she helped train many teachers and administrators in Southern California and elsewhere and developed strong relationships with many Los Angeles area schools. She was loved and respected by her students, many of whom describe her as their favorite teacher. She served for two years as director of Pepperdine’s London Program. For many years, particularly after her retirement, she devoted much of her time and energy to the Associated Women for Pepperdine (now Pepperdine Legacy Partners), providing scholarships for deserving students from Churches of Christ. She was also widely known and loved for her “ministry of encouragement”—writing hundreds of notes of thanks and encouragement to anyone she thought needed or deserved such attention. During these years she and her good friend Helen Young shared a passionate love for, and devotion to, Pepperdine University. They also shared similar effervescent personalities, full of love and kindness for every person they met. Claudette Wilson was a woman of substance.

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Diane Foster Olson

July 4, 2020

John and family-I have such fond memories of Claudette during my time at SMS. She was a fine Christian woman who served as a role model for some many. Thinking of you. Diane Foster Olson

Patricia Monzon

July 2, 2020

Claudette Wilson, one of the most gentle, welcoming, kind, funny, faithful and loving women we had the honor of meeting. She will be mised, but her spirit, so much like that of Jesus, will live in us and through us during our life-time. We look forward to meeting again in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Love,
Javier, Patricia and Sofia Monzon
John 14:2-3
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Kathy Pulley

July 1, 2020

Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of times together in Springfield. From babysitting you three beautiful “little girls” when a bird got into the house, to coming with friends to paper(teepee) your house more often than your parents probably enjoyed, to sharing meals with your extended family and other friends. Claudette was a gracious hostess and laughed easily and often during those meals. May all of you find comfort in the good memories of your life together. Kathy

John Brentlinger

July 1, 2020

Always fond memories of Claudette from SMS Bible Chair days. She made everyone feel welcome and special. So sorry for your loss.

christopher chesnutt

July 1, 2020

Dr. John and Claudette Wilson came to Pepperdine University in 1983: one year before my parents/older brother did (1984) and three years before I was born (1986). For more than three-and-a-half decades, the lives of the Chesnutt and Wilson families have been deeply intertwined in countless ways. We were blessed to spend the 2002-2003 Academic Year traveling with John and Claudette in Europe - in conjunction with Pepperdine University’s International Program in London, England which Claudette directed for two years (2002-2004) - and we have many other fond memories as well. I will always remember Claudette’s contagious laugh and singing; her enthusiastic zest for life; her love for world traveling and all things related to Great Britain (“biscuit and tea bashes!”); and her compassionate heart for serving those in need: especially her students; her professional colleagues; and her church family members in Malibu. I am deeply saddened to hear of her recent passing (March 17, 1940-June 26, 2020). May she forever abide in God’s eternal peace and rest. Amen.

Smith Dennis

June 30, 2020

Carolyn and I, along with our daughter Angela (Student at Springfield Christian Kindergarten around 1963) , send our sympathies and love to you, John and family, in your time of sorrow. God bless you all. Dennis and Carolyn Smith

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY