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Mary Binet Wilson went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2014. Her profession was teaching and always said she loved every minute of it. Her favorite pastime was travel and it was her passion.
Her preference was high school mathematics, commenting how rewarding it was to see "the lights come on" in her students and was pleased with the number of them who have pursued mathematical careers. She was honored with Teacher of the Year award.
Her "wanderings" started with her young family, frequently traveling along the east coast. She helped chaperone several senior cruises and later visited 29 countries but patriotism for her America overpowered them all.
Mary was a loyal Gamecock. She attended USC her first two years, finishing her AB Degree at Erskine College where she was awarded Outstanding Student in Business. She partnered Brittany Jewelers more than 20 years in Abbeville and Greenwood, often providing business opportunities for travel to foreign countries.
She was raised Catholic. In later years, she became an active member at Grace UMC in Abbeville. She loved her church family and also enjoyed travel with them. She was active in the Walk to Emmaus and Kairos Prison Ministries.
Mary enjoyed the mountains, but the coast was her favorite as her sons Stephen Binet Wilson and Thomas Brittain Wilson have enjoyed living there. Her daughter Mary Shannon Wilson and their father Joe Wilson have passed. Surviving are two sons Stephen Wilson and Britt Wilson; Rik Binet and Kathy, her brother and his wife, residing in Walhalla; Ricky Binet, her nephew, with son Henry, residing in Vermont, and her nieces Heidi Hastert husband Ethan with their 4 children Jack, Ben, Ava and Will, residing in Illinois and Brittany B. Wallach of New York City, NY; Also surviving her is Talmadge Greene, her loving partner and companion for over 29 years-her "earth angel".
She felt blessed with each day, facing her illness with faith-sustaining peace and the gift of seeing the best in people. A Celebration of her Life will be at Grace UMC in Abbeville on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM. The family will greet friends after the service. Memorials may be made to Grace UMC (Building Fund) 145 Grace Drive Abbeville, SC 29620. Animals were a major part of Mary's life and memorials may also be made to the Humane Society of Greenwood PO Box 49776 Greenwood, SC 29649.
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