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B. Jean Wilson

October 13, 1942

A memorial service for B. Jean Wilson, 75, of Coos Bay, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 24 at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Ave. in Coos Bay, with pastor Don Berney of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, officiating. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge, 265 Central Ave. in Coos Bay. Private inurnment will be held at Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay.

Jean was born Oct. 13, 1942 in Memphis, Texas, to Carl and Maggie Nelson. She passed away peacefully March 7 at OHSU in Portland.

Jean graduated from Marshfield High School in 1961.  In 1961, she married Archie, her high school sweetheart, in Coos Bay.

She enjoyed her children and extended family, which consisted of Tonia Lee, Gary, Tina, and Ed; and grandchildren, Grady, Sawyer, Shelby, Delaney, Echo, Arbrey, Arlea Ann and Elija.

Her favorite hobby was gardening. She was an active and dedicated member of the Coos Bay Red Hat Society, FOE and Elks. She often volunteered at lodge #1160. She was crowned Elk of the year in 2016-2017. She was also a Grand Lodge officer. Jean volunteered for many agencies supporting underprivileged children.

She is survived by her children, daughter, Arlea Grenade; son, C. Archie “Butch” Wilson III; son, Joedy Wilson; daughter, Melinda Plank; brother, Carl Nelson; and significant other, Bob Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Carl and Maggie Nelson of Coos Bay; brother, Grady Nelson, of Coos Bay; sister, Marylou Munyon of Coos Bay; husband, C. Archie Wilson Jr. of Coos Bay, and son, Archie Dean Wilson, of Coos Bay.

The family would like to thank the staff at the trauma unit at OHSU for their care, dedication, and immense compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any of the following organizations that she supported, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10022, or the Elks National Foundation, 2750 North Lakeview Avenue Chicago, IL 60614-2256.

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

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