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DIANE WILSON 1948-2011
Diane Wilson was born in San Francisco, California, the first of five children raised by Jennie and Bryce Wilson. She graduated from high school in Manhattan Beach, California, and planned to have a career in nursing until relocating to Guadalajara in 1968 to wed Salvador Aguilar Garcia.
Following her marriage, Wilson and her husband lived in Guadalajara and Mexico City before settling in Ajijic in 1979 to raise three sons. The couple eventually divorced.
After taking up residence at Lakeside she joined the office staff of Chapala Realty, the community’s pioneer real estate firm, now a Coldwell Banker affiliate. Through dedication to her work, she gained a reputation as one of the area’s most knowledgeable and trustworthy experts on Mexican real estate legal transactions. In recent years she took charge as the manager of the company’s Ajijic branch office.
Diane was a long-time supporter of Ajijic’s Centro de Desarrollo, a family planning and reproductive health clinic, devoting her skills and free time as volunteer administrator and assistant to director Silvia Flores. For more than two decades, she was a stalwart helper at the chili dog booth the Centro de Desarrollo runs for the Mexican National Chili Cook-off charity fund-raiser.
Known for her lively spirit and keen sense of humor, Diane lived life to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by her family, wide circle of friends, business colleagues and clients.
She is survived by her sons Salvador, Roberto and Gabriel Aguilar Wilson and two granddaughters, all currently residents of California. She also leaves behind her four younger siblings, Rebecca Arredondo and Sarah Wilson of Ajijic, Thurston Wilson and Elizabeth Gomez, both of California.