Irene (Baca) Wilson was born September 9, 1917 in Orange Grove, Texas, the eldest of four children to Herman and Louise Baca who moved to this small town from the Czech area of East Texas. Her parents were devout Catholics, and religion was a very important part of their daily lives. The family often went to several Sunday Masses at which Mom and her mother sang. Her father had a small farm, but making a living was most difficult during this time. Irene’s father became a veterinarian through a correspondence course and also operated a chicken hatchery. These two endeavors proved to be successful. Her childhood was typical of that era – helping her mother with household chores and in the hatchery. As she got older, Irene helped take care of her three brothers. Irene completed grade and high school and also took voice lessons. She was invited to participate in a recital in Corpus Christi singing her favorite song “Whispering Hope”. Irene did very well, but finances prevented her from pursuing a singing career. She spent summers picking cotton and also worked at an uncle’s café.
In August of 1938, Irene fell in love and married Joe Wilson. She and her husband lived in Orange Grove and then in Boerne becoming parents of three children. Joe received a job offer from the Missouri Pacific Railroad in San Antonio eventually becoming a locomotive engineer. He retired after 31 years with the railroad. Joe and Irene were blessed with three more children. With a family of six children, Irene was a homemaker, wife, devoted mother and involved with school and church activities.
When Joe retired from the railroad in 1975, he and Irene bought a 7-acre lot in Center Point and built a modest home there and enjoyed their life socializing with their neighbors and church friends. Of course their home became the magnet of countless family gatherings (birthdays, holidays, and family reunions, etc.). Irene was an excellent cook all of her life, and her bread, dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls were “to die for”. Irene was happiest when she was cooking for family and working outside with her flowers. Irene and Joe enjoyed eight years in Center Point before Joe passed away in August 1983. Irene moved back to San Antonio in 1985 and bought a garden home on Honey Hill where she lived until 2007. She continued to have family gatherings until she was 90 years old. Irene immersed herself into volunteer work visiting nursing homes and becoming involved in numerous church organizations and activities at St. Luke Catholic Church. Irene also enjoyed crafts and is famous for her pine cone wreaths which still grace all of the family’s and friends’ homes here and across the U.S., Canada and even in Ireland.
Irene & Joe’s family has grown to include 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Irene is truly the matriarch of the Wilson Family passing on her Catholic Faith and values to all of them and over the years became a mentor to many of the younger generations.
Irene moved to Newforest Estates Assisted Living in August 2007 and then a few years later to Morningside Manor. Irene carries her trademark beautiful smile wherever she goes and lights up a room when she enters. People are drawn to her simply because she is so happy and pleasant. The love of God shines forth from her. Irene has always accepted whatever life handed her. Her strong will and devout faith in God never waivered.
Irene’s family loves her and cherishes her long life knowing they are richly blessed!
Mrs. Irene Wilson is survived by two daughters, four sons and spouses:
Basil and June Wilson of Comfort
Katherine and Elmer Greene of San Antonio
Theresa Wilson of San Antonio
Jodie and Alma Wilson of Cuero
Pat and Brenda Wilson of Schertz
Mark and Suzy Wilson of Boerne
18 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren, 6 Great-Great Grandchildren
Brother: Edmund Baca of San Antonio
Sister in law: Kathy, Mrs. Leo Baca of Robstown
Visitation for Mrs. Irene Wilson will begin on Thursday, October 20th at 5 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Catholic Church, San Antonio with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m.
Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, October 21st at 10 a.m. in the St. Luke’s Catholic Church, San Antonio with the Rev. Jim Barlow and Rev. Peter McKenna officiating.
Graveside services and interment will follow in the Center Point Cemetery, Center Point, Texas at 2 p.m. Friday, October 21.
Our family wishes to express their grateful appreciation to Unit 4 of Morningside Manor for their loving care of our mother for the past three years. Also, our thanks to the team of Christus Hospice, most especially Amanda who lovingly and gently cared for Mom. Our most sincere thanks to Dr. Michael Lichtenstein, UT Medicine, who has taken care of Mom for over 25 years. His gentleness, expertise and care was always reassuring to Mom and our family. He treated Mom as if she were his own mother; physician ordinaire!
Flowers are most welcome as well as Mass offerings for her through St. Luke Catholic Church. In addition, donations may also be made to the St. Luke Catholic Church Building Fund and Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund in Mom’s memory.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schaetter Funeral Home