Georgia May Detar Wilson died peacefully at her home in Gilbert, AZ on July 20, 2020. Georgia was born January 11th, 1942 to Marshall Detar and Marian Pearl Hand in Montgomery, Michigan. She is survived by her sons Greg (Kelly) Perry, Chris (Annette) Perry, grandchildren Sophia, Parker and Mills, siblings Barbara, Rick and Dean and extended family.
Georgia was married to Joseph Perry for 27 years and then later to Gerry Wilson with whom she moved to Arizona and remained married until his death. She worked many years as an Academic Advisor at IPFW in Fort Wayne, IN and later at Rio Salado in Phoenix, AZ. Georgia loved working with students and helping them succeed in their academic careers. At one point, she managed “The Sweet Shop” once located at IPFW and felt a tremendous sense of pride running the university convenience store as well as helping the student body take a break from their work to relax. For her work there, she was recognized by the student body and received an award for her dedication to the students and IPFW, for which she was very proud.
A devoted mother and wife, Georgia was always thinking of others and had a very generous spirit. She was fiercely independent, creative, resourceful, had a wonderful sense of humor, was a gifted artist and a voracious reader who loved to indulge herself in any book, especially mysteries. Georgia absolutely loved living in Arizona and took great pride in her home, always thinking of what needed to be improved upon and enjoyed buying art to display along-side of photos of her children and grandchildren (with whom she was very proud). On most days after her retirement from Rio Salado, you could find her relaxing by her pool, reading a good book and most importantly, diving into one of her favorite foods- ice cream. So many fun conversations occurred with Georgia expounding upon the pleasures of ice cream!
Her incredible smile and laugh could light up a room. One of her lasting legacies is what she taught her children, continuing today through the lives of her grandchildren; honesty, kindness, encouragement, generosity, confidence, and love. Georgia was loved by many and will be missed greatly.