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Elinor "Ellie" (Swett) Wilson

May 22, 1941 ~ May 14, 2019 (age 77)


Elinor (Ellie) Swett Wilson passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2019, at her home in Greenville.

Born in Chicago in 1941, she was proud to be the granddaughter of an early suffragette. This inspired her to be active and involved in searching for answers and improving conditions for others throughout her life.

Ellie lived in South Carolina for over 35 years after raising her two sons in England, where she continued to maintain friendships long after returning to the States.

She was active in her church, North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian, and participated in many missions and outreach programs.
She was also very involved in Dining for Women ( and OLLI at Furman, both as student and facilitator / instructor.  

Ellie loved people, travel and exploring, learning, helping others, and annual "Camp BabaLu" activities with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Carol Swett of Hilton Head.

Ellie is survived by her loving wife, Laurie Gentry, together since 1990; sons Andrew Wilson of Wilmington, NC; and Timothy Wilson (Cindy) of Greenville; grandchildren Ava Wilson, Gavin Wilson and Rowan Wilson. Also survived by former husband, John Wilson; two brothers Henry Swett (Connie) of Hilton Head, SC, and David Swett (Jane) of Clearwater, FL; numerous nieces and nephews, and many much-loved friends (and sometimes co-conspirators).

A celebration of Ellie's life will be held at North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian, 4200 Liberty Hwy, Anderson, on Saturday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Jubilee House / CDCA in Nicaragua, given in care of North Anderson Community Church.  

"She was a light for all of us."

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest.

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Celebration of Life
May 18, 2019

11:00 AM
North Anderson Community Church Presbyterian
4200 Liberty Hwy.
Anderson, SC 29621

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