Mary Evans Wilson passed away in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 20, 2019, at the age of 95. She was born in North Alabama in 1923 to Martin Luther Evans and Bertha Evans and grew up in Albertville, Alabama. In 1959 she married Dr. Henry Boyce Wilson Sr., a college professor, and together they lived in Jonesboro, Arkansas; Martin, Tennessee; and Rustin, Louisiana; before settling in Pensacola, Florida, in 1964. During World War II she left her childhood home in Albertville to answer a newspaper ad looking for women to work for the FBI in Washington D.C. to examine fingerprints of prospective employees of various military bases. When she left the FBI, she attended nursing school at The University of Alabama, became a pediatric nurse, and then a nursing school instructor after becoming part of The University of Alabama’s first Master of Nursing program graduating class.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Henry Boyce Wilson Sr.. She is survived by their children, Helen Smith (Andrew), Henry Boyce Wilson Jr. (Kay), and Madeline Allen (Richard); her grandchildren, Nic Gulas, Haley Collums (Chris), Maria Kooken (Banks), Katie Krumcke (Clay), Alex Smith, and Nick Smith; great grandchildren, Amelia and Wilson Collums; and her sister, Mildred Duke; along with many nieces and nephews.
Please join us in celebrating Mary's life and the blessed promise of eternal life through Christ, on Friday, March 22, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Alabaster, 903 3rd Ave., Alabaster, AL 35007, 205-663-3531. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM and the service will begin at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.