Harriet P. Wilson, 95

Harriet Wilson

GRAY — Harriet Preble Wilson, 95, of Gray, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Lewiston.

Born on Nov. 20, 1921, she was the daughter of George and Olga Robertson.

After graduating from Madison High School, she married James Preble, also of Madison.

During World War II, Harriet was a proud welder at the shipyard (think Rosie the Riveter), while James served in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, they moved to Gray, where they resided for most of their lives.

Harriet was an active member of several organizations in Gray, including the American Legion, the Grange, the Pythian Sisters, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the PTA, and the Congregational Church.

Following the death of her husband James on Nov. 3 1969, she remained in Gray, where she met and married Maurice Wilson on Feb. 12, 1972. They spent many years of traveling in their fifth wheel camper all over the United States and Canada. Residing for an extended period in Lakeland, Fla., they returned to Gray permanently in 2004.

Harriet was predeceased by her husbands, James Preble and Maurice Wilson.

She is survived by her son, Brian Preble of New Gloucester; her daughter, Sharon Preble Diran of Bridgton; and her sons Jeffrey Preble, Richard Wilson, Norman Wilson and Donald Wilson, all of Gray; son Anthony Wilson of Georgia; brother, Donald Robertson of Auburndale, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, great and grand.

A memorial visitation was held Monday, Aug. 28, at Wilson Funeral Home, with a Remembrance Service following visitation.

Memorial donations may be made to: Gray Community Food Pantry, c/o First Congregational Church, Parish House, 5 Brown Street, Gray, ME 04039.

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