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Annette McCluer Wilson

Published 12:01am Sunday, December 9, 2012

Oct. 30, 1937 — Dec. 8, 2012

JACKSON — Memorial services for Annette McCluer Wilson, 75, who died Dec. 8, 2012 at Central Mississippi Medical Center, will be 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at The Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton with the Rev. Robert M. Blanton officiating.

Annette was born on Oct. 30, 1937 in Jackson, the daughter of the late Hugh Brevard McCluer and the late Ruth Harper McCluer.  She graduated from Forest Hill High School. Annette also attended Hinds Junior College where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, national honorary scholastic society, and a cheerleader.  She received a degree from Mississippi Southern College (now USM), where she was a member of the Mississippi Southern Vesper Choir, Hattiesburg Choral Union Southern Singers, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Tau Chi, and the Wesley Foundation.  She later returned to Southern to earn her master’s degree in library science.  She moved to Natchez after graduation to hold the position of children’s librarian at the Fisk Public Library. She married Hall W. Wilson in 1959 and was active in the Jaycees, Natchez Garden Club and Jefferson Street Methodist Church. During her years in Natchez, she worked as librarian at the Natchez Public Library, Co-Lin Branch in Washington and Trinity Episcopal Day School in Natchez.

Annette moved to Clinton in 1985 and was the Librarian for Clinton High School for 20 years before her retirement. She served as chair of the school section of the Mississippi Library Association and was a member of the Clinton Association for Retired Educators.

She was active at her church, The Episcopal Church of the Creator, where she was in the choir and of course set up the church library.  She volunteered at the Clinton Nature Center and the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.

With her partner Fred, the blue tick hound from the Mississippi Animal Rescue League, she traveled to public libraries for Children’s Story Time.  She also volunteered at their summer camps. One of her many wonderful literary skills was creative writing.

Annette proudly assisted in the writing of “A History of South Jackson.”

Annette was a very special person who touched the lives of those she met.  She loved her students and friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Gould of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Amanda Wilson of Clinton; son-in-law, Spencer Gould; two grandchildren, Adrian and Wilder Gould of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; one sister, Harriet Rose Butler and husband Ed Butler of Pensacola, Fla.; one niece, Jill Butler Merkl and husband Bruce of Lafayette, La.; one nephew, Steven Butler and wife Dana of Fairhope, Ala., and great niece and nephews, Jack and Anna Merkl, and Sam and Zach Butler.

Memorials may be sent in Annette’s name to The Mississippi Animal Rescue League 5221 Greenway Drive Jackson, MS 39204, The Episcopal Church of the Creator, 1445 Clinton-Raymond Rd., Clinton, MS 39056, and the Clinton Nature Center 617 Dunton Road, Clinton, MS 39056.

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