Agnes H. Wilson, age 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 7, 2019 with her loving family by her side.
Born in Oberkirch, Germany, Agnes was the daughter of the late August and Emilie (Meier) Schulle. At the age of 17, she immigrated to the United States as a World War II bride, who came to the United States on an U.S. Army ship after marrying a serviceman in Germany. At the time, Agnes knew very little English and taught herself once she arrived in the United States.
For many years, Agnes raised her four children in Kennett Square, PA before moving to West Grove and then finally settling in Delaware. Before retiring in 1990 after 30 years, Agnes was the Clinic Coordinator for Pocopson Homes, where she started as a nurse’s aide and worked her way up through the ranks with many responsibilities including, activities director and bus driver.
Faith and family were the center of Agnes’ life. She was a devout Catholic, who said her prayers and prayed the rosary daily. Agnes was a parishioner at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in West Grove for 22 years, where she was active with the Roses of Winter, a Catholic Couples Social Group, and the Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed taking day trips and attending holiday luncheons and other activities with the Roses of Winter. Once she moved to Delaware in 2001, Agnes attended St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin, where she was active with the Rosary Society.
Agnes was the glue and the heart of her family that kept them all together. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, as well as her sweet and kind spirit. Agnes was the consummate lady, who was always dressed well and was never without her lipstick. She was a good listener for her daughters and the best mother-in-law.
From her annual beach vacations with her daughter, Jenny, to her many trips with her daughter, Brenda, from Germany and Canada to Niagara Falls and the New York Finger Lakes, Agnes treasured traveling with her children and grandchildren. Agnes also enjoyed celebrating the holidays with her family. In her leisure time, Agnes enjoyed being outdoors and taking short walks.
Agnes is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Carl Wilson; her sons, James William Dilley, Jr. and Kenneth Ira Shields; as well as her brother and her four sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda K. (Dilley) Cox and Jenny A. (Dilley) Thomas and her husband, Wayne; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Shields; her two grandsons, Matthew M. Cox and Adam W. Thomas and his wife, Brittney; many nieces and nephews; as well as her forever friend of 41 years, Janice Wolfe.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the entire staff at Vitas Hospice with special recognition to Agnes’ case nurse, Tracie Jones, and her CNA, LaShonda Lake, for their exceptional care of Agnes, as well as to Jim Burns for his assistance with Agnes’ care.
Family and friends may visit from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday, November 15 at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808, where a funeral service will begin at 12:30 PM. Interment will follow at Longwood Cemetery in Kennett Square, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.
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St. Mary of the Assumption Parish
7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin DE 19707