Barbara Bates Wilson - Kinsman, Ohio

Barbara Bates Wilson, 64, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, with her loving family by her side.

Barb passed away peacefully to be with the Lord, at the home of her son in Johnston.

In Clarksburg, W.Va., on June 24, 1943, Clovis N. and Rosalee V. Digman Bates welcomed the birth of the first of their five children, Barbara Ann. She attended the Newton Falls school system, graduating from Newton Falls High School in 1961. On June 26, 1966, Sheldon V. Wilson I and Barbara Ann Bates were united in marriage. After Sheldon's passing on Sept. 13, 1978, Barbara remained in Grantsville, W.Va., to raise her family.

While a resident there, she earned a certificate in Food Service from Calhoun/Gilmer Career Center and continued a career in restaurant management. She was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grantsville VFW Post 5959, serving as president of the auxiliary for two years. Barbara was a member of the Nobe Baptist Church in Nobe, W.Va. Barbara relocated to Warren in 1993 to be near her family. With her belief that it is never too late to advance one's education or expand one's knowledge, she earned a diploma in psychology and social work from the Stafford Career Institute of Washington, D.C., in September 2001.

As her children, grandchildren and friends traveled the path of life, Barbara was able to offer her guidance to them whenever needed. Her enjoyable pastimes included reading, cooking, and crafting.

Memories of Barbara will be carried on by her adored and caring children, Kimberley and Tim King of Brookfield, Sheldon V. and Theresa Wilson II of Johnston, Olis Dee Wilson of Warren, and Lorna and Carmen Bernadella of Kinsman; two daughters adopted by her parents, Robin and Coolidge Greer of Garrettsville and Tina Kren of Newton Falls; her brother and sister-in-law, Butch and Sue Ann Bates of Newton Falls; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and William Gibson of Niles; her beloved grandchildren, Tammy Jo, Brandy, Cody, Danny, Eric, Anthony, Dakota, Shelley, Sheldon, Alex, Cheyanne, Dougie, Matthew, Chris (Critter); and great- grandchildren, Chandler, JoLynn and Johnny. Preceding Barbara were her parents; her husband, Sheldon; her daughter, Shelley Jean Wilson, and three grandchildren, Michael, Amy Lynn and Jeramie.

The family received friends at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls, where a service followed with Pastor Richard Skiver officiating.

The family requests that tributes may be made in Barbara's memory to The American Lung Association, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Cleveland 44131.