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Winnidell Gravitt Wilson

Born: Died: 05/19/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorfic: n/a

Winnidell Gravitt Wilson, 88, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2009, at her home in Eagan. Winnidell was born and raised in McAlester in Southeastern Oklahoma where her Choctaw ancestors located after surviving the infamous “Trail of Tears” Indian removal. She was a direct descendent of Choctaw Chief Nita-oshe and grew up proud of and involved in her Native American heritage. After graduating from Oklahoma College for Women in 1943, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, to participate in the war effort. There she met and married the handsome and dashing U.S. Army Captain John Wilson. After the war, the Wilsons migrated to Minnesota where they lived for the next 60 years. Winnie had a career teaching social studies at junior high schools in the Bloomington and Edina school systems. She was a long-time member and supporter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) where she developed many lifelong friendships. She loved to travel, read and play bridge. She was a staunch feminist supporting women’s rights and causes. She was also an ardent shopper, and many of her friends considered her to be a fashion advisor extraordinaire. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Andy and Winnie Gravitt, and brothers, Jack and Joe Gravitt. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne (Duane) Lindahl of Amelia Island, Florida; sons, Murray (Rebecca) Wilson of Eagan, Minnesota, and Ross (Margo Squire) Wilson of Bethseda, Maryland; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.