FALLBROOK – Helen Wilson celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 16 with more than 125 family members and friends at Zion Lutheran Church. It was a wonderful day filled with good food, tributes, music and family skits.
She was born in San Diego, Dec. 22, 1923, and graduated from Hoover High School in 1942. She went to work for Navy Housing during WWII and also attended San Diego State College. In 1945, she met her husband, Hugh Wilson, a Marine pilot, on a blind date. They married 10 months later, March 8, 1946.
Hugh joined United Airlines as a pilot that same year and the couple moved around a lot in those early years. Their first child, Peggy, was born in Illinois, August 1947; Buddy was born in New York, March 1950; Robby was born in California October 1951, and David was born in New York, February 1960.
In 1973, Helen and Hugh moved one last time and built a home on North Stage Coach Lane in Fallbrook. Helen immediately joined Zion Lutheran Church and to this day is a loyal member with many friends there.
Hugh finished his flying career in 1981 retiring as a captain from United Airlines. They traveled around the world after that and explored the USA more in their Cessna 182. Hugh gave flying lessons at Fallbrook Airpark for many years.
Helen moved to Oceanside in June 2016 to an assisted living apartment after Hugh died in December 2006. She continues to live life to the fullest and is still sharp aa a tack. She is very close to all four of her children and their spouses as well as her nieces and nephews. She has been blessed with 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Submitted by David Wilson.