Frances Marie LaPerna Wilson

Frances Marie LaPerna Wilson, 90, passed away November 10, 2022. She was born at home in Houston, Texas to Sam and Mary (Sarao) LaPerna. She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother to ten children. Frances was preceded in death by her spouse Dale Malcolm Wilson, Jr., daughter Gloria Wilson,  son Dale Malcolm Wilson III, daughter Angela Wilson Morgan and son Michael Allen Wilson. She is survived by daughter Gina Alsup (Stephen) of League City, TX; son Stephen “Red” Wilson of San Augustine, TX; daughter Daina Wilson Sarafin of League City, TX; son John Carlton Wilson (Stacie) of Magnolia, TX, son Thomas Wilson (Rachel) of Texas City, TX and Jennifer Wilson of Albuquerque, NM.

She is survived by 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 1950. Soon after, she married and raised her family in Southeast Houston, where she resided until her passing. Alongside her husband, she made a living starting and owning multiple businesses. She was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where she served in the Ladies Prayer Group, where all of her children graduated.

All that met or knew her for any length of time realized the strength of her faith in Christ Jesus with a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. In her later years, she worked for her nephew Jim Landers (Pat) at Southport.

She liked playing the piano, watching EWTN and enjoyed traveling in the United States and internationally. She loved gardening, whether flowers, fruits or vegetables. She also loved cooking from scratch, oftentimes making large quantities of food, such as roaster pans full of banana pudding, coolers of crabs and fish and other countless meals. She loved fishing. Although Italian, she preferred crab, crispy tacos and Mexican food. She always loved being around babies, whether children or animals.

Visitation will be Monday, November 14, 2022 at 5pm-7pm with a Rosary at 7pm. Mass will be on Tuesday, November 15th at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 3011 Telephone Rd. Houston, TX 77023 at 10am with graveside service following at Forest Park Lawndale.


  1. My dear sweet Godmother you were a light onto Christ for me!! I hope to see you again!!!

    Mary Ann Hill Ware
  2. I will forever be grateful for all you’re love and support ❤️ your the best and life has forever changed for me! I’m gonna miss you so very much 😢 💔 I love you. Have me a fishing hole ready. 😇

    Dale Wilson
  3. Many years ago you welcomed me into your family with open arms . Your advice and love about how to adjust to instant motherhood was welcomed , humorous and remembered . You loved all of us and I treasure the memories with you . May peace be with you

    Cindy Brown
  4. So sorry to hear this loss. As a baby priest at Queen of Peace and later coming back as baby pastor, Frances lifted up my soul as I knew she was praying for the parish and her smile (even through the mask during the pandemic) often made me stop at her pew even though I was trying to get to the opening procession on a tight schedule. I am happy that in heaven we can both pray and smile forever so my image of her here is very similar to what the Lord prepared for her. I hope this is a consolation for her family and friends. Peace and blessings. United in prayer and mission

    Fr. David Bergeron
  5. What a Lady !!
    A life lived and enjoyed …
    Her legacy will live on through her
    family and friends …
    My prayers are with you all,
    Greg Mills

    Greg Mills

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