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Helen (Armstrong) Wilson (September 2003)
Kianu Alumna- Class of 1934
Mrs. Wilson passed away last month (August 2003). We offer our condolences to her family and friends.

Nomination:

The following article was taken from the publication "50 plus". Special thanks to Cedar Hill for giving us permission to reprint this story!

Dream Comes True article

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Dream to Visit Sorority Comes True
Helen Wilson meets the next generation of Kianus

Mrs. WilsonHelen Armstrong Wilson (in 1934)
ZANESVILLE- When Helen (Armstrong) Wilson attended Muskingum College in the early 1930s, she was president of the Chi Alpha Nu sorority house.

Now a resident of The Apartments at Cedar Hill, Wilson dreamed of going back to visit her alma mater and meet the current generation of Kianus. She mentioned her wish to the administrator at The Apartments at Cedar Hill and her wish was granted through a new program called “Heart’s Desire.”

“It was perfect. I never could have dreamed of anything like this,” Wilson said after her visit.

Wilson, Cindy Clark, administrator of The Apartments at Cedar Hill, and Carol Coakwell, activities director for The Apartments at Cedar Hill, visited Muskingum College for a tour of the campus in April. They met with Anne Steele, president of Muskingum College, before having lunch in the dorm with current members of the Kianu sorority. The current president, Jennifer Feldkircher, Kianu advisor Jennifer Bronner, and one of the sorority sisters who helped organize the event, Emily Tacosik, delighted in hearing stories of how the campus used to be when Wilson was a student there.

Wilson told the girls that they had a 10 p.m. curfew when she was in college and they sometimes sneaked out of their rooms using flashlights. There were no cars on campus at that time and the girls were only allowed to go home twice a semester.

One of Wilson’s funny stories was about a hollow which the new Kianus are cleaning up and planting flowers in. Wilson said that was the only place on campus that the girls could go with their boyfriends to be alone.

The more than 90 members of the Kianus attended the lunch with Wilson. They presented her with two T-shirts and sang their sorority song to her.

Wilson was an education major with a special focus on speech while at Muskingum College. She served on the debate team and was part of several college theater productions, said Steve Kokovich, assistant to the president of Muskingum College.

Kokovich said the college president and Wilson looked at a yearbook from 1934 to revisit Wilson’s accomplishments, but he thought the highlight of her day was seeing her fellow sorority sisters.

“She was most excited to see her fellow Kianus,” Kokovich said.

Kokovich said the college was asked to participate in Wilson’s Heart’s Desire by The Apartments at Cedar Hill and the college is always willing to help alums.

“It wasn’t something we typically do, but we wanted to help put together a good experience for her (Wilson),” he said.

The Apartments at Cedar Hill is granting wishes of residents through a program called Heart’s Desire that was initiated this year. The assisted living facility works with local companies and the community to achieve those wishes.

Clark said the Heart’s Desire is similar to the Make A Wish foundation, which helps terminally-ill children achieve their desires.

“Our goal is to enhance the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We want to provide a magical time for each one of our residents, to step back from the aches and pains of aging and day-to-day stress,” Clark said.

Wilson has been a resident of The Apartments at Cedar Hill for the last three years. Her husband, John, lives next door in the Cedar Hill Care Center. The couple has two children, Darylin Best of Zanesville and Louis Wilson of Moundsville, W. Va.


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