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Joy Sellers Wilson

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Joy Sellers Wilson

Joy Sellers Wilson, 90, passed away early Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 26, 2020. She passed peacefully in her sleep at home in Houston.

Visitation will be in Houston at the Heights Funeral Home at 1317 Heights Blvd., Houston, 77008 Friday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be in Hamilton in the IOOF Cemetery at 567 N. Rice St., the following day at 11 am.

Joy was born Sept. 8, 1930, in her family home in the Lanham Community, the youngest child of Norman and Cora Sellers.

Joy graduated from Hamilton High School in 1950. She was offered a job with the State Welfare Office in Houston and moved there in January of 1951. She met Charles Wilson and they were married Dec. 24, 1951, in the Lanham Methodist Church. Charles and Joy enjoyed 39 years of marriage. Their favorite pastime was hunting, fishing and camping.

Joy stayed at home raising Teresa and Ronnie. When Ronnie was in high school, she began as a school crossing guard for the Houston Independent school district. She worked as a crossing guard for more than 40 years until her first stroke in 2018. At retirement she was crossing third-generation students. She was also a fulltime employee of the National Boy Scouts retail shop in the Sam Houston Area Council building in Houston. She retired after 25 years at age 82. She had served as a Boy Scout volunteer for over 45 years.

As a volunteer she was awarded both the Silber Beaver Award and the Religious Award.

Joy was the Historian for Grace United Methodist Church on Heights Boulevard and through diligent research was able to get approved the Historical Marker that is displayed in front of the church today.

Joy spent her last years at home enjoying her yard and German shepherds who were her constant companions. She was a strong leader to her family and in her community. Her passing will be keenly felt by all who knew and loved her.

Joy was the last survivor of her siblings and their spouses. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Wilson and her son, Ronnie Wilson.

She is survived by her daughter Teresa Wilson of Houston; daughter-in-law Lynn Wilson of Gatesville; granddaughters April Emmons and husband Mitchell of Katy and Neta Wisehart and husband Russell of Gatesville; grandsons Dalton Aguilar and wife Jyssika and Ty Aguilar, all of Gatesville; great-grandchildren Jaymze Maxx, Maverick Marshall and Aurora Leigh Emmons of Katy and Zayla and Zarah Wisehart and Aiden and Koraline Aguilar, all of Gatesville; and by many nieces and nephews.