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Mary Ellen Wilson, 91, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 29, 2021, while living at the Atrium Navesink Independent Living Community of Red Bank, NJ. She was born in Milton RD #2, PA to the late Homer S. Wagner and Ruth Fox Wagner on March 5, 1930. Mary Ellen was born and raised on the Wagner Farm which dated back to the Revolutionary War. She received her first eight grades of education in a one room schoolhouse being taught by her father, Homer Wagner, who was the teacher. Mary Ellen attended Milton High School in Milton, PA and upon graduation spent one year at Mansfield State Teachers College in Mansfield, PA and the following three years studying voice and piano at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

In June 1953, she married Foster C. Wilson, Jr. (better known as Skip Wilson) who was attending Princeton Seminary and studying to be a Presbyterian minister. Mary Ellen was blessed and honored to be the mother of Elaine, Pamela, and Stanley Wilson being a great joy to her life. She stood by her husband the late Rev. Foster (Skip) Wilson as he pastored four churches. Three being in Pennsylvania and the last in Rumson, NJ where they lived for 26 years before retiring in May 1996. While living in Rumson, NJ, Mary Ellen worked at the Oceanic Free Library for 23 years and then continued working for daughter Dr. Pamela E. Wilson, DC for 30 years.

She was an avid gardener, loved sewing, needlepoint and crocheting. She enjoyed working with youth choirs, as music and singing were very important to her throughout her entire life. Mary Ellen loved traveling with her husband and family in the United States and Europe. After her husband passed away, she moved in March 2010 to the Atrium of Navesink Harbor Independent Living. In 2011, she became director of the library for seven years. While living there, she became a winner of many shuffleboard games which she greatly enjoyed.

Surviving are Stanley Wilson, Elaine Wilson, and Pamela Wilson.

Her Memorial Service will be this Friday, December 3, 2021, at 11:00 am at the Rumson Presbyterian Church, Rumson, NJ 07760. The service can be live streamed by visiting and accessing the Resources page. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mary Ellen’s name to the Rumson Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden Fund using the Giving page on the church’s website at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, NJ, as been entrusted with the arrangements.


Bruce S. Thompson, Owner & Manager, NJ LIC #3740