Mary Louise Wilson

March 9, 1931 ~ February 27, 2021 (age 89)


Mary Louise Wilson, 89 of Sidney, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Mary was born March 9, 1931 in rural Urbana, the daughter of Bethel and Marie Allison Hughes.  She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Lynn Cole, grandchildren, James Robert Cole, and Braden Michael Cole, great-granddaughter, Mailyn Marya Cole, sister, Marjory Davis, brother, Charles B. Hughes, nephews, Mike Osterbur, Scott Hughes, Andy Hughes, Tim Hughes, nieces, Theresa Hughes Williams, Pam Jefferson, Jeanie Ferguson, Alice Smith and Kim Lemaster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Mac Wilson, granddaughter, Kaitlin Marya Cole and Roger Dale Hughes, Mary’s little brother.

Mary dearly loved her church and church family.  She was a longtime and active member of the First Christian Church in Sidney.  She was very strong in her faith, her love of God and all things relating to family and friends.

She will be lovingly remembered for her high spirits, generosity, giving, sharing and making friends with everyone she met.  Her upbeat and positive personality drew many people to her.  She was a “second mom” and “other mom” to quite a dew kids, now grown, but still love and consider her as family.

She was known for her smiles, happiness, great joy of life, and her infectious laugh, that everyone loved hearing.  No words will ever express how deeply she was loved and how much she will be missed.  Unique and special, she leaves wonderful and lasting memories.

Thanks, of gratitude to all her amazing caring and compassionate physicians, nurses, medical staff, chaplains, and caregivers at Carle Foundation Hospital, and special neighbors, Denny and Kay.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Sidney Christian Church with Rev. Barry West officiating.  Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sidney.  Visitation one hour prior at the church.  Freese Funeral Home, Sidney is assisting with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to Sidney Christian Church or Sidney Volunteer Fire Department.  Condolences may be at

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March 4, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Sidney Christian Church

Funeral Service
March 4, 2021

10:00 AM
Sidney Christian Church

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