Wilson celebrates 90th birthday

Published 9:08 pm Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family and friends gathered at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Tynes Street in Suffolk to celebrate Mrs. Madelaine M. Wilson’s 90th birthday on Aug. 23.

90th birthday: Mrs. Madelaine M. Wilson, right, celebrated her 90th birthday last month with family and friends at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Father Frederick Walker and Minister Ann Hill conducted the morning worship service and communion at St. Mark’s. Brunch was catered by Kenneth Alston.

Mrs. Wilson is the daughter of the late Junnie Edward and Lula B. Majette. She taught in Camden County, N.C., Shelby, N.C., and Southampton County, Va. before moving to Suffolk Public Schools, where she retired after 39 years in education. She then worked for Suffolk Parks and Recreation, retiring after 12 years of service.

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Mrs. Wilson is a member of St. Mark’s, and has served as senior warden of the vestry, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She is a licensed lay minister, and serves as a trustee and as a member of the Episcopal Church Women.

Mrs. Wilson also is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Chums Club, Inc. She resides in Suffolk with her family.

When asked about her longevity, Mrs. Wilson replied, “The Bible says God knows every sparrow that falls and that we are worth much more. I believe that God has been watching over me these 90 years and will continue to do so until He calls me home.”