Donna Wood Wilson, 66, of Mount Pleasant, SC, wife of Marion Edward "Ed" Wilson, Jr., and mother of Leland Shiver Wilson, entered into eternal rest Friday, October 29, 2021. Her funeral service will be held Sunday, November 7, 2021 in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Rd at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. in the Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel.
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Donna was born November 21, 1954 in Kinston, NC, daughter of the late Lewis Aaron Wood and Bobby Nell Page Wood. She is a graduate of Clemson University and worked for many years as a registered nurse in Charleston. Above all, she was a loving wife to Ed and a loving mother to Leland, who has special needs and uses a wheelchair. During Leland's youth, Donna was a staunch and relentless advocate for accessibility and inclusion within the public school system. She is credited with many victories in the battle to have special needs students housed in their local school and mainstreamed when possible. She ran support groups for parents of children with special needs and described herself as "pleasantly persistent" when it came to advocacy. During Ed's years in US Navy Medical Corps, Donna worked for the Navy Relief organization and she specialized in helping young enlisted Navy families write a budget and manage their finances.
Donna was also active in the MUSC women's club for many years, directing an annual holiday Poinsettia sale fundraiser that supported student scholarships at MUSC. She hosted many fundraising dinners and events during the 15 years when Ed was a department chair at MUSC. Donna traveled extensively with Ed during their 46 years of marriage. Together they explored more than 15 countries including locations in Vietnam, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Italy, France, Mexico, and Costa Rico. Her favorite location was Guatemala where annual trips to Antigua and San Marcos on Lake Atitlan highlighted her year.
Donna was also fond of family traditions at holiday time, yearly extended family Christmas Eve gift exchange games and Christmas morning brunch and Thanksgiving week in Orlando with just Leland and Ed. A more recent tradition has been an extended family rental house week on Kiawah Island in July. She loved this and all of the family events. Donna was very close to all 4 of her sisters and their group texts were frequent and visits also as often as possible.
Donna is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ed, and her son, Leland, 42; sisters, Marsha McIlwain (Pinckney) of Charleston, WV, Gloria Vanadore (Ben) of Abbeville, SC, Wanda Reid of Charleston, WV and Sylvia Keenan (Tony) of Simpsonville, SC. Her mom, Bobby Wood, resides in Greenville.
Flowers are accepted and memorials may be made to East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) where the motto is "Do Good!", 1145 Six Mile Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466.