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Paulette Wilson '65

Obituary of Paulette Wilson

Paulette Wilson passed away at her home on December 10th, 2023 surrounded by her family after a long-fought and courageous battle with cancer. Each time there was a setback she summoned the courage and strength to fight back and never complained. Her FAITH never waivered. Her medical team called her a SuperHero. We lovingly called her Aunt P and she is our SuperHero.

She was born on 13 May 1947 in Henderson County, Tennessee, the first born child of Paul Edward Wilson and Sallie Naomi Wilkins Wilson. She was predeceased by both of her parents and a brother, Kenneth Edward Wilson. She is survived by her sister Annice and the late Zack Meeler, her brother Bobby Wilson (Sherrel), her brother Bruce Wilson, her niece Melissa (Chad) Daniel, her niece Kimberly (Justin) Fennell and her nephew Chad Wilson and many great nieces and nephews.

Paulette’s passion was family, gardening and genealogy. Any chance she had to gather her family together over food or a special celebration, she would take great delight in doing so. Her home was always open. She looked forward to seeing her extended family in West Tennessee every chance she could but especially the family reunions she attended every October.

As the oldest grandchild in a large Wilson family, she was the keeper of many family stories and documented the lives of her ancestors well. Her research also aided in her becoming a member of Daughter’s of the American Revolution through her maternal ancestor, Jourdan Woodward.

Aunt P was the most selfless, giving and caring person who was a caregiver to both of her parents and served as a mother figure to her nieces and her nephew after the loss of their mothers. She graduated from Dreux American High School in Dreux, France. She also attended Augusta College and obtained an Associate’s Degree.

Paulette retired from the Medical College of Georgia after 37 years as a Medical Coder. After retirement she taught medical coding at Aiken Technical College and also worked as a contract medical coder. Retirement enabled her to take numerous trips, especially to West Tennessee to visit with family and in search of her ancestors. As the matriarch of her family, she will leave a huge void that can never be filled.

Paulette was very appreciative of all of the medical teams of doctors, nurses, medical professionals and staff who fought the battle with her throughout her medical journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made locally online to columbiacountycares.org or by mail to Columbia County Cares, 1959 Appling-Harlem Rd, Appling, GA 30802 or online to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.

Arrangements: Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 1:00 pm with services following at 2:00 pm at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 4255 Columbia Rd, Martinez.