Carlene Wilson the 10th of twelve children was born on May 2, 1929, to Raymond and Chloe Cole Wilson in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She was educated at Dunbar Elementary School and graduated, with the Class of 1949. From Douglass High School, Carlene went on to Southern Oklahoma Vo-Tech and became a Nurse’s Aide.
As a young child, Carlene gave her life to Christ and was baptized as a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. D.C. Hannah. Carlene served faithfully, as church secretary, Choir member and the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) in Circle #2. She also served as the head of the Kitchen Committee, where she blessed those who ate with her incomparable homemade, and delicious yeast rolls. In addition to serving at her home church, Carlene was a delegate of the Chickasaw District and traveled to State and Nation Baptist Conventions.
Carlene worked diligently at Memorial Hospital for 25 years and later served as a patient advocate. She had a heart for people and displayed care, kindness, and compassion – with a little humor – to her patients and their families to this day, those people remember her and the love she showed them.
Carlene was a people-person and loved to travel, especially to Las Vegas, where her nieces lived. She enjoyed the bright lights of the Casino’s and other attractions. Carlene never met a stranger everybody knew Ms. Carlene or Ms. Wilson. She was loved and respected in her church, community, and most of all her family.
Carlene was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Clifford Lee Wilson, 5 sisters, Sybil Wilson, Louise Hardiman, Helen Askew, Sadie ‘Kate’ Wilson, and Myrtle Antwine; 4 brothers, Leroy Wilson, Vernon Wilson, Her twin, Carl Wilson, and Raymond Wilson, Jr.
She leaves to forever cherish her memory 3 daugters; Cloette Fields, Madonna Edwards, and Sherry Wilson. Her beloved grandchildren; Erie ‘Dwayne’ Fields, III, Ericka D. Black (Richard), Elissa D. Fields, Tiffany A. Edwards, Jamarious Osborne, Quardesa Osborne, and Stephen K. Hannan. She also leaves her great-grandchildren whom she adored, her sister-in-law, Lorece Wilson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her church family, Mt. Zion.