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April 17, 2012 > Vesta Louise Croes Wilson

Vesta Louise Croes Wilson

1929 - 2012

Vesta Louise Croes Wilson, born in 1929, in Williams, California, daughter of Ida Cleo Waldrop Croes and Everett Croes, died in Alameda, California on January 24, 2012, of cardiopulmonary disease. Vesta Wilson is survived by one of her four brothers, Jack Croes. Her beloved brothers, who left earth before her, are Henry, Everett, and Ken. She is survived by her three children, William James, Cynthia Ann and John Robert. She is survived by her ex husband, Finis Wilson. She is also survived by her one granddaughter, Katherine Rose.

She is survived by her two adopted children, Beth Coy and Michael Wilson. Vesta is also survived by her adopted niece, Carol Van Airsdale.

Vesta Wilson graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California in 1947.Vesta met her future husband at Fresno State College in the Socialist Club, and they were married in 1950.

Vesta returned to college in 1961to earn her teaching credential and she taught at Pioneer Elementary School in Bakersfield, California for 7 years, until Vesta's family moved to the Bay Area in 1967, and Vesta finished her 29 years of teaching and counseling in the Fremont Unified School District at Robertson Jr. High and then at Horner Middle School.

Vesta Wilson, a lifelong Democrat, has lived as a progressive feminist and she has been devoted to humanitarian causes for many years. She was a lifelong member of the ACLU, and she has generously supported Greenpeace, PFLAG, Planned Parenthood, The Nature Company, Sierra Club, The Audubon Society, SEVA and other progressive causes. She demonstrated for Civil Rights and she marched against the war in Viet Nam. She was a pacifist. For the last phase of her life she was an active member of the League of Women Voters in Fremont, helming the Education Committee, and she won a national award for the flyer she produced for seven years.

Vesta Wilson was a founding member of Cathexis Institute, a visionary Transactiaonl Analysis Treatment Center, in Oakland, California.

Vesta Wilson was a devoted musician all of her life. She was the choir teacher in Bakersfield. She played the fiddle, the piano, the clarinet and the harp. She could sing alto, tenor and bass. She has instilled a love of music in her children and in fact, in all who knew her well.

Vesta was an accomplished photographer, a water colorist, a stained glass artist and a fine writer.

Vesta Louise Croes Wilson lived her life the way she wanted to, undaunted and unbound.

She was a world traveler, devoted to the wild places on earth. Her favorite continent was Africa, which she visited three times.

Vesta was/is extraordinarily beloved by her friends and family because of her wicked and irrepressible sense of humor, and because she accepted people for exactly who they were, on their own terms. She had a huge capacity for love, which explains why she was "Mom" to many people. She was forever kind and inclusive. She had a heart the size of a house and we all loved living in that home and all who knew her, loved her, and grieve her loss deeply. There is a Celebration of Vesta Wilson's Life coming up in May.

Please donate, in lieu of flowers, to Trees for a Change.com, in her name, a company that reforests the National Forests, places ` where Vesta Wilson visited all of her long and rich life.

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