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Dorothy Mae (Rhyanes) Wilson

February 21, 1925 ~ August 13, 2019 (age 94)

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Dorothy Mae Rhyanes Wilson peacefully entered into her eternal rest. Dorothy, born February 21, 1925, was one of 17 children of the late Joseph W. and Daisy B. Rhyanes of Queenstown, MD.

Dorothy was educated in Queen Anne’s County Schools, graduating from Kennard Jr.-Sr. High School in Centreville, MD in 1941.  She moved to Baltimore for a time, but returned to the Eastern Shore, where she married Arthur Wilson in 1945 (Arthur preceded her in death in 2012).  From that marriage three daughters were born: Yvonne, Joanne and Dorothy.

Dorothy found the Lord at a very early age and was a life-long member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, Carmichael, MD.  She was very active in church activities, including serving as Communion Steward, a member of the Senior Choir, The Gospel Wonders and as an Usher for many years.

Dorothy worked for Friel’s Cannery during summer months and privately with the Friel’s family, thereafter.  But she was largely a housewife caring for her husband and three daughters.  She loved cooking for her family and was especially known for her macaroni and cheese, cole slaw and homemade yeast rolls (that she made every Sunday); watching her “soaps” and deriving daily joy from reading her Bible.

In 2012, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a progressive, debilitating disease and spent her last years at Genesis Health Care, Corsica Hills Nursing Facility in Centreville, where she was attended by a professional and caring staff.

Dorothy leaves to mourn three daughters, Yvonne Wilson of Largo, MD, Joanne W. Simms of Clinton, MD and Dorothy Wilson of White Plains, MD; one granddaughter, Leslie (Jabbar) Simms-Holston of Brandywine, MD; one great grandson, Khalil Wilson Holston of Brandywine, MD; one sister, Juanita Johnson of Chester; one brother, Alfred Ryans, Sr. (Alfreda) of Queenstown, MD. She was beloved by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; especially Fannie Wright of Carmichael, MD, with whom she had developed a deep and lasting friendship.

The family wishes to thank you for your love and support through the years, especially during Mom’s illness and her passing.  We are comforted and strengthened by your loved. In lieu of flowers, we ask for contributions toward the fight to end Alzheimer’s in the name of Dorothy Wilson.  We have established a memorial fund toward this effort.  Please contribute at:

A Special Thank You:

to the doctors, nurses and staff of Genesis Health Care, Corsica Hills Nursing Facility in Centreville, Maryland.

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