Eleanor “Ellen” Durham Wilson, 92, of Ellisville died Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. She was born Thursday, March 18, 1926 in Collins.
Visitation was Wednesday at the Ellisville Funeral Home in Ellisville. Funeral services followed at the funeral home and burial was in Ellisville City Cemetery. Brother Jimmy Hood officiated.
Ellen graduated valedictorian from Salem High School in Collins in 1944. She began her tenure with the Civil Service in Newark, N.J. Returning to Mississippi in August of 1946, she associated with State Bank and Trust in Collins. In 1948, Ellen married high school sweetheart Daniel E. Wilson, then after the birth of her only daughter Beverly, she assumed the role of housewife and mother until 1956, when she joined the staff of the Covington County Hospital in the business office.
1960 was the banner year for the Wilsons, when they moved to Ellisville and Ellen joined the staff of Merchants and Manufactures Bank, now Community Bank, where she enjoyed a long career of meeting the town’s banking needs and socializing with friends while she assisted them.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and also a member of The Eastern Star and the past Matrons Club. She retired from the Community Bank in 1988, at which time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and then her great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Daniel “Elf” Wilson; father John Durham; mother Ida Durham; brothers John Allen Durham Jr., Floyd Durham and Clarence Durham; sister Edith Durham Dudash; and son-in-law Johnny Morris.
Survivors include daughter Beverly Wilson Morris; granddaughters Melanie Morris Pecunia (Richard) and Mandi Morris Frischhertz (Roy); great-granddaughters Anna Claire Pecunia and Ella Grace Frischhertz; great-grandsons John Morris Pecunia Jackson Pecunia and Wilson Frischhertz; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Eddie Lee Endom, Jim Walley, James T. Tisdale, Trevor Wigley, Jim Clark and Ralph Thornton. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Terrell Tisdale, Bobby Shows and Frank Therrell.
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