By JoAnna Ness, Sep 20 2018 06:51PM
Mr. Loyal Wilson of Angola recently established a scholarship at the Steuben County Community Foundation to permanently honor his late wife, Trois. In 1945, at 17 years of age, Trois Wagner Wilson was the valedictorian of Angola High School with a nursing scholarship from Michigan State University lined up for after her graduation. However, Trois chose a different path in life. She decided to marry Loyal Wilson and support his career, as well as dedicating her life to raising their 4 boys. Just as she worked hard in school, Trois worked hard to support their family.
“All four of her boys were Eagle Scouts and graduated from college because of her. Us men never questioned her direction or discipline—she knew what was best for us,” said Loyal.
When Trois died in February of 2018, just after her 90th birthday, her husband decided to establish a scholarship in her honor and memory. Loyal wishes to provide an opportunity to train quality people for the medical field, and to give people a chance for the future that Trois had wanted at one point in life. The permanently endowed scholarship fund will provide 2 scholarships each year, open to Angola and Prairie Heights graduates pursuing a full-time nursing degree from any college or university beginning in spring 2019. Financial need and practical experience in the medical field will be considered in the evaluation.
Pictured are Loyal Wilson (center) with sons Tom Wilson (left) and Bob Wilson (right).