Amy (Ward) Wilson

Age 98, passed away September 6, 2020.  She was born November 7, 1921, in Lansing, to E.H. and Valerie B. Ward.  Amy graduated from Lansing Central High School, and attended Michigan State College.  She was a homemaker and worked at Sears in the catalog department for 20 years.  Her family were founding members of First Baptist (Christ Community Church).  Amy was a member of a bridge club that met monthly from the 1940s until the 2000s.  She cared for her mother in her home for her mother’s final years.

Amy was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James Alexander Wilson; 2 sisters and a brother.  Surviving are:  3 children, Ward (Judy) Wilson, Mark (Cheryl) Wilson, and Craig (Debbie) Wilson; 8 grandchildren, Tracy (Chuck) Alberts, Dawn (Clay) Plenar, Todd (Nicole) Wilson, Scott (Jill) Wilson, Jamie (Jimmy) Tunney, Cortney Coats, Brian (Jim Whitehead) Wilson, and Kyle (Katie) Wilson; 16 great-grandchildren.  Family, both extended and immediate, were her greatest joy.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Mt. Hope Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Michigan Home Health and Hospice in memory of Amy Wilson.  Online condolences may be left for her family at

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Barbara Leavitt
September 8, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Her loss is hard to take. She had the sweetest smile. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbors and Jim was Bruce’s best friend. God Bless you all.

Stephanie Robinson
September 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Our prayers are with Amy’s family. She was such a sweet lady, and sister in Christ! We will miss her beautiful smile, and giving spirit! Sending our thoughts , prayers and hugs to the Wilson clan!!
Harle and Stephanie (Underhill) Robinson

Becky Murthum
September 10, 2020 at 9:11 am

Thinking of you in these days. Her life was long, and blessed, and her faith was always evident to those around her. My folks, Mary and Dick Johnson, were always encouraged by her kind spirit. Our hope is in Christ, and we can be glad that she is with her Lord and Savior, forevermore.

Pamela Inglis
September 10, 2020 at 1:56 pm

Thinking of all at this time and sending hugs and prayers.

Jay G. Corey
September 10, 2020 at 8:04 pm

What a sweet lady Ms. Amy was. I enjoyed seeing her every time I played music at Grand Haven Living Center in Lansing. I loved the hugs she gave me each time she was at one of my performances. Due to COVID 19 I was unable to see her this year in 2020, but she is in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss her smiling face the next time I am at Grand Haven but her memory will always be with me. She was a very special person and she is in her room now in God’s heavenly kingdom.

Judy and Chuck Chamberlain
September 11, 2020 at 10:41 am

Amy was such a sweet lady. My husband and I have fond memories of her. She shared the same birthday as my husband, so we would see her and the family at Bill Knapp’s and later Finley’s for dinner. She and her sister Valerie were always in attendance at church as long as they could. Years ago my husband was a greeter and would give hugs to folks, especially the older ladies, if they wanted one. One Sunday Amy and Valerie came into the church and just stood at the inside the entrance to the sanctuary. Chuck had been busy with something else and when he saw them standing there, he asked them if they were waiting to be seated. Their reply was, “We have not been properly greeted. He immediately gave both of them a hug. I am so glad she was able to join our Juliett’s ladies luncheons. It was such a pleasure to have her there (grilled cheese and tomato soup). After one of the luncheons, the lady who had picked her up received a phone call from Amy’s place of residence asking if anyone had seen her teeth as she couldn’t find them. Of course, all of us were concerned and none of us remembered seeing her having them out and checked twice with the facility where we had lunch. They were later found in her chair. We all were relieved. May God hold you, the family, in His loving arms as you walk through this valley of loss. A dear saint has gone home and we will see her again.

Ray Palmer (Slingshot)
September 11, 2020 at 7:11 pm

I met Amy and her husband Jim back in 1978 in Treasure Island Florida. They were a great couple. Amy was a sweet lady who kept Jim in-line. She could give him a certain look and he knew he needed to shape up! In Florida, Amy would always take an hour break from the sun to watch her favorite soap opera “As The World Turns”. She always made sure Jim had his Oreo cookies.
Being with them in Florida during Spring Break, for 19 years, we heard many stories about their sons, Ward, Mark and Craig. Unfortunately, I’m not able to share any of those stories here! (hahaha)
Amy and Jim spoke highly of their grandkids and how much they missed them while being in Florida. If cell phones were around back then, I’m sure Amy would have been calling or texting the kids on a daily basis. She and Jim LOVED their family so much.
Even though they only lived as far away as Lansing, it was the times in Florida that we always looked forward to. I, Slingshot, speak for all the Palmers and the Grandville Clan that we enjoyed our times together and have endless great memories. I’m sure Jim & Amy, Dick & Suki and my Dad DP are all looking down on us and doing the “Can Can” dance.
Rest in Peace Mrs. Wilson. You touched many hearts and are loved by us all. God Bless You.

Eileen Costigan
September 12, 2020 at 5:53 pm

My Mother was a member of the Bridge Cluc (Teresa Costigan) & loved Amy & her Sister “Sooke The “girls” had a lot of good times together not only playing cards but just laughing & talking together. I had the pleasure of getting to know all & enjoyed entertaining them & waiting on them when it was Mom”s turn to host the group for that particular month What I remember most is when Amy & her sister wanted to give me a gift after I had been in an accident It meant so much – always so thoughtful I can still see that smile on her face everytime I saw her She died on what would have been my Mom & Dad”s 73rd Wedding Anniversary Mom passed 11 yrs ago & Dad just passed in August Now Amy & all but one left-Felicitas-are in Heaven having more laughs & fun! I will miss her

Leeanne Fitzgerald
September 13, 2020 at 6:38 am

Sending all of the Wilsons love at this time. Mrs Wilson was always so nice to us !!

Love Mark and Leeanne

September 15, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Extending sympathy on the loss of your mom You had her for a long time, which I think makes it harder to say goodbye. She and Valerie were in our ladies Bible study at FBC, and I enjoyed getting to know them better in that small group. May God bless your family with memories to hold dear.
Janet Waldron


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