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