Steuart Gantt Wilson, a former secretary and community volunteer who was a devoted Orioles fan, died of progressive nuclear palsy Oct, 18 at her Timonium home. She was 80.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Keswick Road, she was the daughter of William C. Gantt, an office administrator, and Mathilda Wilkens, a homemaker. She was a 1954 graduate of Eastern High School. In her yearbook, she listed her ambition as "to see the Orioles win a World Series.”
“She Idolized Orioles manager Hank Bauer, who took them to the World Series win in 1966,” said her son, Robert V. Wilson of Arlington, Va.. “She always said her best gift was my father taking her to see Brooks Robinson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, where they also spent their honeymoon.”
Mrs. Wilson was an early member of the Orioles Advocates.
“She was famed in the neighborhood for hanging an Orioles banner on her house for more than 50 years,” her son said. “She put it up on the first day of season and took it down on the last day, or until the O's were out of the playoffs or won the Series.”
Mrs. Wilson had been an Olin Mathieson and McCormick & Co. secretary.
She was an athlete who excelled at softball, basketball and tennis. In 1989 she won the women’s nine-hole championship at the Baltimore Country Club.
She was a Sheppard Pratt Hospital volunteer in the 1970s and 1980s.
She was a baker, gardener and enjoyed visiting Williamsburg, Va. She was a supporter of the College of William & Mary and was named an honorary alumna.
She enjoyed driving convertibles and was a Frank Sinatra fan, family members said.
Her husband of 27 years, Hillsman Vaughn Wilson, president and chief operating officer of spice maker McCormick & Co, died in 1993.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road, where she was a volunteer and managed its gardens, chaired the altar guild and was a tabulator of the Sunday offering. She also joined other church workers to make needlework kneeler cushions,.
In addition to her son, survivors include two other sons, Daniel V. Wilson of Cedar Hills, Utah, and Richard H. Wilson of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Pamela Bartley of Mammoth Lakes, Calif; two brothers, Charles Gantt of Halethorpe and Robert Gantt of Catonsville; a sister, Mathilda Thiemeyer of Catonsville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.