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Leocadia Ruiz-Davila Wilson

December 9, 1923 ~ September 22, 2020 (age 96)

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It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Leocadia Ruiz-Davila Wilson, (Meeka) on September 22, 2020. Meeka was born on December 9, 1923 in Maunabo Puerto Rico to Victorio Ruiz and Eulalia Davila.  She was one of 7 children.  Her two surviving sisters are Eneida Colon and Carmen Munoz who live in Puerto Rico.  She is also survived by a host of other loving family members. 

What an interesting life she led.  We were all enriched by her stories of her childhood in Puerto Rico. From a grandmother who lived to 104, to her dads medical marvel cures, and life in a cave...they kept us enthralled.  She was well read, and loved to delve into American novels at a young age, teaching herself English. 
She left school to go to work and help her family.  She was generous in every way.  Her incredible strength was just beginning to be tested. She ended up being an amazing trailblazer, through many trials and heartbreaks. She always had a kind word and infectious smile. Always.

Meeka (nickname from her granddaughter Veronica) had big dreams.  She decided to to act on them through service to the United States Army.  She joined at a young age, and never regretted it for one day. She said it was the "Best decision she ever made!" She was the first woman from Puerto Rico to join the army.  She gained trust quickly and was in charge of top secret information through wartime. 

This service gave her the opportunity to travel, (Austria being her favorite place), meet dignitaries, popes, and even her wonderful husband, MSG John R. Wilson, who relentlessly pursued this beauty who finally caved! Her other loves included opera, art appreciation, history, and reading. 
Her children, Robert V. Wilson-Puerto Rico, John R. Wilson II- Okinawa, and Brenda Twigg- Ft. Devens Mass, were all born on military bases.

She was very proud of her service through WWII, Korea, Vietnam and her civilian military service at Ft. Meade MD where she was in charge of inspections of the east coast military schools.  Very few women if any held this type of position at that time.  A true trailblazer. After retirement, she decided to get her diploma and further her education. What an inspiration to us all.

One of her greatest Joys in her life were her 2 granddaughters, Veronica and Maria Twigg.  Boy did she love them, a mutual feeling. They know she is with us everyday.  No tears, Meeka wants a celebration of her life! Stay positive and smiling.  Her beautiful legacy will live on...   


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