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Celebrating the Wonderful Life of Margaret Jean “Peg” Wilson

A life of impact - loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, community leader and activist, and Food Bank Board of Directors President. Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Forever in our hearts.

Margaret Jean “Peg” Wilson, 91, the Board President of Greater Washington County Food Bank, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Premier Washington Health Center.

The staff of Greater Washington County Food Bank celebrates the life of its Board President and the deep-rooted community impact she made in Washington County. Peg represented the best of humanity, committing her life to serving those in need and guiding those who seek personal growth. Peg’s love for the food insecure of Washington County made her an invaluable asset to insure that “no one goes to bed hungry.” She coordinated countless efforts for the Food Bank, everything from securing funds for delivery trucks to partnerships with businesses and corporations in Washington County to an executive chef for teaching educational food classes.

Peg was the ultimate ambassador for Greater Washington County Food Bank. You could find Peg at the Produce to People distribution, at our fundraising events, and our holiday parties. She always made it a point to let the staff know how much they were appreciated and loved by her, and our staff cherished every visit. She was a large supporter in all the programs which grew from the Food Bank, including Healthy Habits Training Center, Country Thrift Market, and The FARM. Each visit she made to the Food Bank’s facility always included a shopping spree in the County Thrift Market, one of her favorite places to browse.

Peg always utilized her network of contacts throughout the community, making her a friendly bridge between the Food Bank and donors. Because of Peg’s sincerity in her relationships, the food bank was often able to secure the funding needed to support programs to ensure the highest level of operations and impact for the food insecure in our county.

Peg’s compassion for helping those in need is a steadfast influence on all of the programs our non-profit has developed, and we strive to continue her legacy in Washington County by providing help to those in need of food. Greater Washington County Food Bank has established the Peg Wilson Memorial Fund, a fund organized to honor her memory and legacy, with every cent donated going towards new food distribution programs to target underserved demographics or populations in Washington County. Donations may be made at or by clicking the Memorial Fund image below.

On behalf of the staff and our organization, we love you, we will miss you, and we hope our work will always honor you and provide you with an eternal smile.

About Peg Wilson:

She was born on March 14, 1930, in Washington, the daughter of the late Harold Orville and Helen Elizabeth Clemens White.

Peg was a 1948 graduate of Washington High School. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Tax claim office of Washington County. She was very involved in her community as President of the Greater Washington Food Bank, volunteered with the United Cerebral Palsy, DeMolay Club, Democratic Committee Chairperson for Washington County, D.A.R., Daughters of Union Veterans, Girl Scout Leader, and member of the Bell Telephone Club.

Peg was a member of Third United Presbyterian Church for 79 years.

On May 19, 1951, Peg married George C. Wilson Jr., who died April 13, 2002.

Surviving is a son, George C. (Cyndi) Wilson III; daughters, Shirley Dean (Jim) Williams, of Blacklick, OH, Deborah Wilson of Jeannette, and Denise Wilson Lago of Jeannette; grandchildren, Patrick (Jasmine), Nicholas (Georgie), Nicole (Zack), Matthew (Alyssa), Megan (Eric), Mitchell (Abigail), Victoria, and Morgan; great-grandchildren, Henry, Dagny, Lilly, Fletcher, and Eli.

Peg loved telling the world about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No one loved them more and they will miss her dearly. Peg will also be missed by her many friends. She always had a story to tell, even to a stranger, to make them feel like a friend.

At the request of the deceased, all services are private.

In memory of Peg, donations may be made to Greater Washington County Food Bank, 909 National Pike West. Brownsville PA 15417.

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