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Eleanor L. Wilson

October 24, 1913 — August 8, 2008

Eleanor Wilson of Bedford, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, August 8, just over 2 months short of her 95th birthday, after a blessedly brief bout with pancreatic cancer. Mrs. Wilson, a resident of Carleton -Willard Village, died peacefully in the presence of her four children and good friends. Born to Carl W. and Laura H. Lawson, Eleanor was raised in Nyack, NY, where she met and married William Alan (Tinker) Wilson in 1934.

Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by Tinker in 1957, and since his death has been an inspiration to many with her strength, courage, and determination. She was founder, and for 20 years director of a successful business, the International Student Placement Service, which provides educational and home stay opportunities to over 900 of American and Foreign students from around the world. Eleanor made many strong friendships during these years with people who remained a large part of her very active life.

In addition to her homes in Lincoln and Concord Eleanor maintained a much beloved house in Bryant Pond, Maine. In Bryant Pond she was an advocate for the protection of the lakefront and the natural resources of the area, and was founder and organizer of the Community Lakes Front Association.

At her final home of 18 years at Carleton-Willard Eleanor was an active member of the community and always concerned and active in improving the quality of life at the Village. She was a vocal member of the grounds committee and a friend, agent, and advocate for all residents.

She is survived by her 4 children, Carla Heath of Lynchburg, VA, Kathryn DeFord of Chatham, MA, Grant Wilson of Carlisle, MA, and Douglass Wilson of Arlington, MA. Eleanor also leaves 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

All friends of Eleanor's are cordially invited to a Remembrance Reception in the Auditorium at Carleton-Willard Village, 100 Old Billerica Rd., Bedford, Massachusetts, at 2:30 pm on Friday, September 5.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Community Lakes Association, 72 Alpine Shores Road, Bryant Pond, ME 04219.

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