August 29, 1935 - March 19, 2020
A Service will be held later and will be announced.
NoraBelle Wilcox passed from this life to the next on March 19, 2020 following her beloved Roger after 63 years of marriage and 69 years of being best friends. They both leave behind son Bill and Ilana Wilcox, daughter Kate Wilcox, son Ron and Nancy Wilcox, and daughter Karen and Mark Stokoe, as well as 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews.
Belle began her life in Quincy, MA, the daughter of William and Gertrude Deininger. When Willy died when Belle was 5 years old, she was cared for by her Grandma and Grandpa Miller. Gert remarried Arthur Neville when Belle was 11. Gert called Belle “Noddy” and Belle called Art “Daddy” and gained a big brother, Art Jr, who invited her to spend time with him in California. When she was a teenager she joined the youth choir at Christ Church in Milton where she met Roger and began a friendship that will last forever. Roger called her “Freddy”. She began nursing school at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY but didn’t complete her studies there before she married Roger and joined him in Army life in Huntsville, Alabama. Bill, their firstborn was born in Orlando, Florida. Roger, Belle, and Bill eventually purchased the house in Mansfield, MA which they would own for 50 years and raise Kate, Ron, Karen, and numerous dogs, cats, a horse, goats, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, hamsters… In 1986 Rog and Belle purchased the land in North Waterboro, ME that would eventually become their beloved “North Wilderness”.
Belle (and Roger) invested in their family and others, particularly young people. She worked with the choir and served with the vestry at Saint John’s church in Mansfield, Massachusetts. She had a den of Cub Scouts that met at her home, and later worked with the Girl Scouts as well. At First Christian Church in West Mansfield she was choir director and pianist for many years.
Eventually Belle joined Roger at North Wilderness. She decorated the house and created a Craft Workshop in the barn she called “The Imagination Station” where she taught craft classes. She became a member of Community Baptist Church where she led and then sang with the choir.
Although you will be missed terribly Mom, we are very happy that you are once again with Dad in a place where your piano will never be out of tune, your smoke detector will never sound, and you will be able to see the beauty and hear the music perfectly. Love you lots!
A service will be held later and will be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to the Waterboro Historical Society, P.O. Box 498, No. Waterboro, ME 04061.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.