Jan Arlene Wilson
Jan passed away in the company of her children on May 23, 2023, near her apartment in Charlotte, N.C., following a brief illness.
Born Dec. 11, 1942, in Seattle, she was the second of three children born to Mary Elizabeth “Dixie” Tuck Edwards and Herbert Meredith Edwards. She attended the University of Puget Sound where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.
Jan was an enthusiastic member of the Girl Scouts from her childhood. As an adult, she became a troop leader and was recognized numerous times for her volunteer service.
Jan married Dean Andrew Wilson in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 11, 1969. She was a loving mother to Carla Lynn Wilson (Barrett) born July 5, 1971, and Eric Edwards Wilson born July 7, 1975.
She and Dean moved to the SaddleBrooke community near Tucson, Ariz., in 1998. Jan enjoyed hiking and the outdoors tremendously and was a hike leader in the SaddleBrooke hiking club. Jan loved leading hiking groups from SaddleBrooke on many slower but challenging hikes, often including unplanned adventures!
In 2013, Jan and Dean moved to the 55+ community of Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, S.C. More recently, Jan resided at the Brightmore of South Charlotte senior independent living community.
Jan was preceded in death by her husband Dean Andrew Wilson. She is survived by her siblings Carl Edwards and Lynn Edwards Miller; her daughter Carla Wilson Barrett, son-in-law Gary Wieboldt, and step-grandson Dylan Wieboldt Liedy; and her son Eric Wilson, daughter-in-law Melissa Rosenberry Wilson, granddaughter Morgan Wilson, and grandson Blake Wilson.
A drop-in celebration of life will be held in Jan’s honor on July 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Brightmore of South Charlotte located at 10225 Old Ardrey Kell Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277.
For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines https://give.nccoastalpines.org/give/403789/#!/donation/checkout, Harrison United Methodist Church www.loavesandfishes.org, or The Nature Conservancy https://preserve.nature.org/page/80429/donate/1.