Joan M. Wilson, a former nurse at the Bowdoin College Infirmary, died on October 13, 2021, in Brunswick, Maine.
(The following was published by the Bangor Daily News on October 15, 2021)
Joan M. Wilson, age 83, died Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at Mid Coast Hospital. She was born March 9, 1938, in Houlton, ME a daughter of Sylvester N. and Dorothy Scanlan McNally.
She was a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School, Bangor and earned a nursing degree through St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Lewiston. She married Edward F. “Ted” Wilson November 21, 1959, in Bangor. Mr. Wilson died November 2019.
She had been employed as an RN with St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bangor, Parkview Hospital, Brunswick, and in the Bowdoin College Infirmary. She was a member and Eucharistic minister of St. Charles Catholic Church, Brunswick, and an active volunteer for the Red Cross blood-drive and soup kitchen, and formerly served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts of America.
Always humble and kind, Joan qualified for sainthood through her experience raising five boys and performing her duties as a nurse. In addition to the five boys, even the family pets were male dogs. Constantly outnumbered, Joan persevered. The boys were blessed and will be forever grateful to have such a special mother. She enjoyed watching her boys and grandkids play sports, she never missed one of her boys’ games.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; a son, Gregory J. Wilson; and a sister, Jeanette McNally. She is survived by four sons, Edward F. Wilson Jr. (Bonnie) of Yarmouth, David K. Wilson (Denise) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Brian J. Wilson (Andrea) of Monmouth, Jeffrey P. Wilson (Kimberly) of Brunswick; a brother, Michael T. McNally (Carol) of Leominster, MA; two sisters, Mary E. Sullivan (Jerry) of Bangor, and Elizabeth Blackshaw of McLean, VA; ten grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.