ILWACO - Phyllis Virginia (Richardson) Wilson, 82, died Nov. 6, 2007, in Ilwaco after suffering for several years with Alzheimer's disease. She was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Washington, D.C.
She studied at George Washington University and Peabody Conservatory. In 1951 she joined the U.S. Foreign Service, where she met her husband, Orville, who was also working for the U.S. State Department in Hamburg, Germany. They were married in Bern, Switzerland in 1953. After leaving the State Department, she settled with her family in Arizona for several years and spent most of the last 35 years in Arlington, Va. She worked for the Church of the Epiphany and later for AARP in Washington, D.C. before her retirement in 1988.
An accomplished lyric soprano, she was a soloist and choir member of the Episcopal Cathedral in Bonn, Bogotá, Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince, as well as the Baptist Church in Casa Grande, Ariz., and the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. While in Bogotá, she also performed the leading soprano role in The Mikado. She had a passion for films, writing and great literature as well and was especially fond of A.E. Housman and Albert Camus.
She had been a resident of the Peninsula for the past six years. Survivors include her four children, Kathleen, Leigh, Margaret and Charles Wilson and her three grandchildren, Lily and Nick Wilson-Codega and Richard Dumitru Spillane. Her husband, Orville L. Wilson, preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1988.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., her home church for more than 60 years. Cremation arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea and the guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.