Mary was an American singer. She was a founding member of the Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s and the best-charting female group in U.S. chart history.
However in the beginning they were not called the Supremes, but the Primettes, formed in 1959 with Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Betty McGlowen. They changed their name to the Supremes in 1961 after being asked to sing back-up to many greats, including Marvin Gaye.
She wrote the best-selling 1986 memoir, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme, and she followed it with another best-seller, 1990’s Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together.
Later she released a second solo album in 1992, Walk the Line.
She married Pedro Ferrer in Las Vegas, Nevada in May of 1974.
The couple divorced in 1983.
She died on Monday, February 8, 2021 at her home in Henderson, Nevada. She was 76. She is buried in the Palm Downtown Cemetery, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA.
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↑ "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPG4-SYK : 15 May 2014), Pedro A Ferrer and Mary W, 29 Jul 1983; from "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Los Angeles, California, Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
↑ Burial. Find a Grave, database and images (accessed 9 Feb 2021), memorial page for Mary “Sweetpea” Wilson (6 Mar 1944–8 Feb 2021), Find A Grave: Memorial #222519733, citing Palm Downtown Cemetery, Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA. The memorial page was created by Vegas Grave Hunter on 9 Feb 2021.