Wilson, Esther I. Henderson


Esther I. Henderson Wilson, 88, of Butler passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice. She was the surviving spouse of the late Rev. David D. Wilson, who died on July 1, 2004.

Born Aug. 15, 1928, in Pittsburgh to the late Floyd N. and Leah Coleman Henderson, Mrs. Wilson worked for a short time in the Children's Hospital Records Department in the 1940s, but her most important job was as homemaker and mother.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Butler and belonged to the Dorcas Circle, Quilters Group, Asbury Sunday School Class, and the 3M's there. She was also active in the Butler Blind Association. Esther enjoyed knitting and taking care of her family.

She is survived by two sons, Rev. David D. Wilson Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Potter Township, Beaver County, and Richard A. Wilson and his wife, Diane, of Carmel, Ind.; daughter Ruth Wilson Rea and her husband, Richard M. Jr., of Pierpont, Ohio; five grandchildren, Sean A. Wilson and his wife, Ashley, Jennifer Broering and her husband, Mark, Margaret "Meg" Henderson, Richard Merle Rea III and Kristofer Rea; five great-grandchildren; brother George E. Henderson of Cheswick, Pa.;  brother-in-law John A. Wilson and his wife Margaretta of Monroeville; sister-in-law Lillian Henderson of Pittsburgh; three nephews and seven nieces. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her dearly loved husband Rev. David D. Wilson, who she married on June 9, 1948, infant twin sons, William James and Mark John Wilson, and two brothers, Floyd N. Henderson Jr. and Thomas C. Henderson.

Visitation was scheduled for Tuesday evening Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler. Funeral services will set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St., with the Rev. Eric Park officiating.

A private burial was to be in the South Fork Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St., Butler, PA 16001 or to Butler County Association for the Blind, 322 N. Cedar St., Butler, PA 16001.

Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com.