DeLores Marie Wilson was born in Colome, South Dakota on Feb. 8, 1935, to Walter and Nellie (Schnabel) Blakkolb. She passed away on October 10, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1950 Dee and her family moved to California for one year. Although the family moved back to Winner, Dee remained in California with her grandparents until she graduated from Sacramento High School in 1953.
She then returned to Winner where she met Chalmace G. Wilson, married, assisted with operating the Rosebud Motel, and raised their three children, Tracee, Linc, and Shannon. In 1963 Dee and C. G. built their dream house, ‘the house on the hill with the orange doors’. Dee applied her skills to make it a one-of-a-kind home that highlighted her creativity, love of color, and flashy style. Her home was a welcome environment to all, as many will attest.
Dee loved meeting with the ‘girls’ for coffee, playing bridge, taking photos, reading,
listening to music, dancing, working in her rock garden, sewing, knitting, crocheting, attending the Trinity Episcopal Church, watching games at Leahy Bowl, and hosting family, friends, and the Texas pheasant hunters.
She also enjoyed her jobs and co-workers while working at J.C. Penney’s, and as a secretary at Winner High School, Winner Police Station, and the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Dee and C.G. loved to travel and golf together. Eventually they found themselves spending winters in Arizona where they enjoyed golfing and warm weather.
Following C.G.’s death in 2002 from ALS, Dee remained in Arizona where she filled her life with books, music, and fresh flowers in every room. She developed a strength and positive attitude that impressed everyone that knew her. She would say, “Life is good, Everything is under control, I’ve been so lucky.”