Edith Lavinia Wilson (1913-1995)
Edith Wilson was a long-term resident of Monterey whose enduring contributions to the town enrich us all.
Edith was born in Cairo, Illinois, and moved to Monterey in 1942 with her friend and fellow-graduate of the Chicago Art Institute, Marjorie McLaughlin (d. 1991). She was a versatile artist, working as a painter, sculptor and architect. Many of her oil paintings are in the possession of the Town, with some hanging currently in the Town Hall, and her design for the Town Seal still represents Monterey on many a document, T-shirt and coffee mug.
Ms. Wilson was active in town affairs for many years, with service on the School Board, Planning Board, Board of Appeals and Historical Commission. In fact, she was a pivotal figure in the establishment of the first Zoning By-Law in town and the initial Planning Board. Later she worked on the effort to pass State legislation allowing election of Planning Board officials; Monterey was the first township in the Commonwealth to elect a Planning Board.
In addition to her bequest of house and land to the Town, Edith Wilson also established a scholarship fund which assists Monterey youth with their college expenses; the McLaughlin-Wilson Scholarship Fund is managed by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and is a critical aid in the college education of numerous Monterey children.