Mary Dawson Wilson

Monday, May 31, 2021
Mary Dawson Wilson

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Mary Dawson Wilson, 73-year-old native of New Madrid, Missouri, passed away on May 22, 2021, at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville. In failing health, Mary had been hospitalized since May 16, a patient at Bonita Home Care since April 30. She died exactly two months after her oldest sister’s – Carolyn Hedgepeth – death in Collierville, Tennessee.

On 26th September 1947, Mary Adelaide came into the world as the sixth child of Harold (“Pete”) and Mary Carolyn (Fields) Dawson of New Madrid. Among the New Madrid High School class of 1965 graduates, Mary attended Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau and worked at Noranda Aluminum. She was married to Bobby Blom and they had two daughters: Tracy Ann and Christie. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco.

In November 1970, she married Michael Wilson, a California native. Following a brief relocation to Shawnee Mission, Kansas, they moved to California in the Rocklin-Roseville area, Michael’s familiar surroundings, near Sacramento. They welcomed their son, Daric Michael, on the west coast.

For over 30 years Mary worked in state government divisions, one being Department of Toxic Substances Control. Following her retirement in 2006, Mary and Michael travelled extensively, here and abroad. Avid readers, they enjoyed cooking and gardening. After 44 years of marriage, Michael passed away in 2015. Travel continued to spark Mary’s interest so that she lived abroad several months recently.

Survivors include her daughters: Tracy (Dan) Meeker, Rocklin; Christie (Tim) Perryman, Penryn; son: Daric Wilson, Miami, Florida; grandchildren: Heather (Bryan) Gold, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Timothy (Asti) Meeker, Citrus Heights; Courtney Perryman, southern California; three great-granddaughters, Colorado. Mary’s siblings include brothers: Art Dawson, Memphis, Tennessee; Peter (Terri) Dawson, Hamilton, Ohio; sisters: Ag McCown, Helen (George) Voehringer, Memphis, Tennessee; Dixie (Hunter) Rolwing, Charleston, Missouri; Jane (Mike) Barnes, New Madrid; many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, parents, step-father, Merrill Burrows, Mary was predeceased by her sister, Carolyn Hedgepeth on March 22, 2021; nephew, David Hedgepeth; brother-in-law, Stuart McCown.

Organ donation topped Mary’s final wishes so two will receive sight and two burn victims will be helped. Her cremains will be interred at Rocklin Cemetery at a later date.

No services will be held in New Madrid.