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Alfreda Wilson

Alfreda Wilson Alfreda Wilson, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday May 25, 2018. She was born Repha Alfreda Cole on November 4, 1930 in Detroit Michigan to Alfred Clement and Repha Louisa (Greenfield) Cole.

Alfreda attended Detroit schools and graduated from Edwin Denby High School in 1948. She graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and did graduate study in the school of Business Administration. Sometimes she was the only female in her class. After graduation she worked for the Dermatology and Toxicology Department in the Institute of Industrial Health at U of M. Later she worked for the Schizophrenia and Psychopharmacology Department, a joint research project of Ypsilanti State Hospital and the University of Michigan. After that she worked for the Great Lakes Commission.

Alfreda met her husband Carl Wilson at the U of M Graduate Outing Club. They were married in Gratiot Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit on September 21, 1963. They had two sons, John & Richard. John married Julie Kaufman on June 5, 1993. John and Julie have three children – Kayla, Cole and Kelsey.

The Wilson family moved to Kansas in 1977 when Carl accepted a teaching job in Industrial Engineering at Kansas State University. Alfreda was very pleased with how friendly Kansans are. One of the things she enjoyed most in life was hosting internationals as part of the HIS program (Helping International Students) which was started at Grace Baptist Church. In the early 1980’s Chinese visiting scholars started coming to the U.S. Many had been educated in Russia and had also been “re-educated” in the Cultural Revolution. They were friendly, curious about our culture, and interested in learning English. For 11 years she participated in Bible Studies with the Chinese scholars. Their friendships were a blessing. Alfreda and Carl have been members of Grace Baptist Church since 1977.

For 17 years Alfreda was an Avon representative in Manhattan. Many of her customers were interesting people and many became personal friends. She earned several Mrs. Alby’s figurines for good sales.

Alfreda enjoyed travelling, camping and canoeing. She enjoyed the many summer family camping trips all over the US and Canada. She especially enjoyed the 3 trips to Alaska and a trip to Newfoundland- Labrador in 2007. She also enjoyed playing bridge. After Carl retired in 1999, we wintered about 12 years at Victoria Palms Resort on the Texas-Mexico border. In her later years Alfreda enjoyed exercise, lunches and Life-Story writing at the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center in Manhattan.

Her parents predeceased her. Survivors include her husband Carl, her two sons Richard and John, both of Wichita, John’s wife Julie and their three children Kayla, Cole and Kelsey, Alfreda’s brother Jack and his wife Ruth, two nieces Cathy and Lori, a nephew Steve and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 2901 Dickens Avenue, Manhattan KS 66502 at 10:00 AM on Wednesday May 30, 2018.

Visitation/viewing will be from 9:00 AM until the Memorial Service. Burial will be at Sunrise Cemetery directly following the Services.

Donations may be made to Life Choice Ministries, Helping International Students or the Riley County Seniors’ Service Center in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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