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WILSON, Littell Edward

Littell Edward Wilson

September 9, 1924 – January 17, 2019

Littell Wilson, a native Washingtonian, was born September 9th, 1924, the son of Alexander Hamilton Wilson and Isabelle Murphy Wilson. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 17th at age 94 after leading a full and happy life.

His devotion to his family and his Catholic faith were paramount in his life accomplishments. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Monica Peach Wilson of Ellicott City, MD; his parents; his two brothers Alexander Hamilton Wilson, Jr. and James Edelin Wilson; and his sister Mary Louise Troy. He is survived by his wife Janet M. Wilson of Chevy Chase, MD; his sisters Marguerite Wilson Cosgrove and Donna Wilson Slingluff; his four children, Mary Wilson Stanley and husband Drew of Atlanta, GA, Josephine Wilson Traino and husband David of Vero Beach, FL, Littell Edward Wilson, Jr. and wife Callie of San Francisco, CA, and Francis Hamilton Wilson and wife Julie of Silver Spring, MD; and his stepchildren Kristine Miller McGehee of Bethesda, MD and Kent Miller of San Francisco, CA. Littell leaves behind a huge and loving family which includes 14 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, 7 great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

Littell was a member of St. Bernadette Parish and a lifetime member of Columbia Country Club.

He was the consummate gentleman, an avid golfer, a savvy bridge player and, above all, a family man who had nothing but good to offer to everyone he met. When asked his recipe for his unfailingly positive happiness, Littell always said that his secret to a happy life was getting at least nine hugs every day. Those who knew him are quite sure that on most days he garnered way more than that.

Littell graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1942.  He served in the United States Navy at the end of WWII as an engineer on the bridge of the USS Collett in the Pacific. He completed his education at Cornell University and Catholic University in Electrical Engineering. His career spanned almost 50 years, working at Walter C. Doe & Company, Enertron and finally for the Architect of the Capital, updating the electrical systems at some of Washington, DC’s most historical buildings, including the U.S. Capitol and the Senate Office Building.

The family is particularly grateful to the staff at Riderwood and Holy Cross Hospice who supported and cared for Littell in his final years.

Friends are invited to call at Francis Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring (Valet Parking) on Monday, January 21st from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:30 am. Littell will be interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC on Wednesday, January 23rd at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to


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