In Memory

Mary Jean Reeves (Wilson) - Class Of 1945

Mary Jean Reeves (Wilson)

Mary Jean Reeves Wilson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend, passed peacefully into her heavenly home while at the Kensington in Sierra Madre, in the morning on October 12, 2016, at the age of 89. She will be sorely missed and remembered always for her gentle spirit, kind presence, and thoughtfulness towards all who knew her. She was born May 7, 1927 in Pasadena to Mariquita and Owen Reeves III. Her father was a builder/contractor and her mother was a homemaker. She went to South Pasadena High School and then onto the University of Oregon where she studied business and became a Kappa Alpha Theta. She was a continuation education teacher for 20 years for LAUSD, where she worked with troubled high school-aged students. 

Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, David Wilson. She is survived by her brother, Owen (Elizabeth) Reeves IV (SPHS '48) of Santa Cruz; daughters Carol Jean (Greg) Kealey and Mary Owen Pena; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She loved her church, the altar guild, sewing club, Seeder's and Weeder's Garden Club, the Halcyon Club, Junior League, Assistance League and the Town Club. She was a devout and loved member of Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, for almost her entire life. She was always kind, had a generous heart, a sweet smile with a wink and blue eyes that sparkled. Towards the end, when care-givers were necessary, every one of them commented on how sweet and kind she was and that she was a joy to be around. Her legacy will surely live on.

Pasadena Star-News, October 23, 2016