Mildred Eloise Gaddy Wilson went home to be with her Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 21, 2005, at Laurel Park Rehabilitation Center in Stockbridge.
She was born in Marietta, Ga., on Sept. 11, 1920, to Josephine Fain Gaddy and E.Q. Gaddy Sr. She moved with her family to East Atlanta at the age of 5. She was a graduate of Girls High School and Opportunity Business School in Atlanta. She played the trumpet as a member of the Georgia Girl's Band and performed at the New York World's Fair and the world premiere of "Gone With the Wind" in Atlanta in 1939. She was also Worthy Advisor of the East Atlanta Rainbow Assembly during her high school years. Mrs. Wilson considered her most important vocation to be a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. It was her kind, loving, friendly and compassionate nature that drew so many people to her. She was an extremely talented homemaker and took pride and pleasure in all things about her home, including her plants and flowers. She excelled in sewing, cooking and baking and many other creative activities. She made all of her daughters' clothes as they were growing up, including their formal prom dresses and the wedding gown worn by all three daughters and her granddaughter. She was always ready to share these talents to show her love and concern for others through many unselfish deeds. A lifelong Methodist, Mrs. Wilson was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Ellenwood. She was an active member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women, having served several terms as president. She had a deep and abiding faith in her Lord and Savior and made service to her Lord and her church a top priority. Numerous charity projects through the years were always a focus for her. A very important philosophy of Mrs. Wilson's was, "Variety is the spice of life." She participated in a number of activities throughout her life, including her church activities, Kings Row Woman's Club, Wesley Chapel Woman's Club, sewing clubs and bridge groups.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers E.Q. Gaddy Jr. and Mercer Gaddy, sister Josephine Pruitt Gaddy and son-in-law Monte C. Harris. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, James Y. "Jim" Wilson Jr.; daughter, Janet Wilson Harris, Stockbridge; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Bob Stryker, Lilburn, and Patti and Hugh Moore, Stockbridge; 10 grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Mo"; and a great-grandson, 4 months old, whom she was able to meet before she went to her heavenly home. For those attending the funeral service, the family requests that bright and cheerful colors be worn in keeping with Eloise's sunny attitude and optimism.
The Celebration of Life Service will be held in the chapel of Horis A. Ward Fairview Chapel Sunday, April 24, 2005, at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ronald Capes will officiate. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 984 Panola Road, Ellenwood, Ga. 30294, the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer's Association. The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel, Stockbridge.
Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. (770) 474-1231.