Wilson, Mary Jane Rhodes


Mary Jane Rhodes Wilson, 89, formerly of Beaver, passed away on August 24, 2022 at Weatherwood Manor, Greensburg.

Born on October 18, 1932, in Pittsburgh PA, she was the daughter of the late Dr. David Henry and Mary Ellen Kelso Rhodes, Mary Jane was a graduate of McKeesport High School and then earned a Degree in English Journalism from Bucknell University where she was Editor-in-Chief of the student yearbook, L’Agenda. After college, she worked as city reporter at the McKeesport Daily News. Before marrying, she was active in the Central Presbyterian Church, especially in the Choir. She met her husband Bill on a blind date and was married on March 10, 1956. She supported her husband Bill in a number of Methodist Church assignments across Western Pennsylvania. In retirement, Mary Jane was a faithful member of Beaver United Methodist Church, where she was a part of the United Methodist Women and Choir Chancel, and Bell Choir. She also was a member of the Women’s Club of Beaver, where she was the former president, and Meals on Wheels.

Along with her parents and brother, she is preceded in death by her husband, Reverend William R. Wilson.

Mary Jane will be sadly missed by her sister Helen, sons, William (Debra) Wilson, North Huntingdon, PA and John (Barbara) Wilson, Cherry Hill, NJ; grandchildren, Ellen, Matthew (Jen), Abby (Bryan), Luke, Valerie and Julia; and a great-granddaughters, Anne Teresa and Mary Catherine.

The family will have a private graveside service at Beaver Cemetery.

Professional Arrangements have been entrusted to the Noll Funeral Home Inc., 333 Third Street, Beaver, PA 15009. Online condolences may be shared at www.nollfuneral.com.

Memorial Contributions may be made in Mary Jane’s name to the Beaver United Methodist Church, 345 College Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009.