Mary Wilson
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Mary Wilson (1944 - 2021)

Mary Wilson
Born in Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi, United Statesmap
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Died in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Feb 2021 | Last significant change: 24 Feb 2021
16:39: Stephanie Ward edited the Biography for Mary Wilson (1944-2021). (Restored WT-preferred narrative style; removed (improperly-sized) headers, as not necessary for short bios; restored tree info to "see also") [Thank Stephanie for this]
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Mary Wilson, daughter of Sam Wilson and Johnnie Mae Lewis, was born 6 March 1944.

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.[1] 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.[2] Later she released a second solo album in 1992, Walk the Line.[2]

She married Pedro Ferrer in Las Vegas, Nevada in May of 1974.[3][4] The couple divorced in 1983.[5]

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.[6][2]


  1. Top 10 Girl Groups of All Time: page 1". Billboard. July 11, 2017. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Obituary
  3. "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005", database, FamilySearch ( : 20 September 2019), Mary Wilson and Pedro A Ferrer, 7 May 1974.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Mary Wilson (singer)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed February 10, 2021).
  5. "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database, FamilySearch ( : 15 May 2014), Pedro A Ferrer and Mary W, 29 Jul 1983; from "California Divorce Index, 1966-1984," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2007); citing Los Angeles, California, Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.
  6. 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.

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I was able to add some Career history and improve profile, with sources placed earlier as notes. She was a wonderful Star. My husband met the band years ago. She will be missed
Hi there profile managers!

We plan on featuring Mary as the Example Profile of the Week in the Connection finder on February 17. Between now and then is a good time to take a look at the sources and biography to see if there are updates and improvements that need made, especially those that will bring it up to WikiTree Style Guide standards. We know it's short notice, so don't fret too much. Just do what you can. A Team member will check on the profile Tuesday and make changes as necessary.

Thanks! Abby

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann