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Barbara Wilson recalled as enthusiastic, dedicated to the arts

Barbara Wilson (left), who launched or promoted many cultural programs in northern Warren County, receives the North Warren Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 V.I.P. award from  chamber president Barbara Thomas (right) during the chamber’s annual banquet last year. Wilson passed away May 18 at the age of 65. Calling hours and her funeral are set for Thursday May 24 at Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Pine St. Chestertown.

Barbara Wilson (left), who launched or promoted many cultural programs in northern Warren County, receives the North Warren Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 V.I.P. award from chamber president Barbara Thomas (right) during the chamber’s annual banquet last year. Wilson passed away May 18 at the age of 65. Calling hours and her funeral are set for Thursday May 24 at Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Pine St. Chestertown. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Also, Wilson helped facilitate a visit of Russian librarians to the area in 2008.

Wilson also served as a Charter member of the History Through Voices committee which created a local history audio program that is part of the Chester Library’s website. She was also active with the Chester Historical Society, assisting with publicity — a role she also performed on behalf of the Art in Chester Gallery.

In recent years, Wilson’s artistic creativity took center stage, her friends recalled, as she developed considerable skill at the centuries-old art of chip carving — a northern European craft which she pursued with Dennis Wilson, her husband of 40-plus years.

Wilson was a retired elementary teacher from Indian Lake Central School where she taught second and fourth grades. She and Dennis spent ten years teaching and living abroad before moving to the Adirondacks.

A celebration of her life is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Barton-McDermott Funeral Home Inc., 9 Pine St. in Chestertown. Relatives and friends are invited to call on family members there during the two prior hours.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 423 Chestertown, NY 12817 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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