Braden Mark Wilson, our warrior and superhero, left this earth at age 17, on October 28, 2023, to claim his wings and be with Jesus. He taught us that the quality of life and ability to make a mark on this world exceeds the time you are granted to live it.
We were blessed with the presence of this angel on earth. We will miss running our fingers through his curly hair and kissing those cherub cheeks. He loved to watch lights dance on his walls and change colors. He delighted in personal spa time attention, getting baths, facials, and foot rubs from his caregivers. Often, he would reward such affection with a rhythmic voice of approval. He loved having his sister help with baths and climbing into his bed or chair with him. He would always open his eyes when he heard her voice. The bond between this brother and sister will forever be cemented in love.
It was an honor to be chosen as his earthly family - his loving sister, Laila Grace Wilson, and his parents Brad & Kodi Wilson. He is also survived by grandparents Richard & Debby Wilson (Wichita, KS) and Tom & Susan Betschart (Ashland, KS), and great-grandparents Stan & Lavon Wilson (St. Joseph, MO). Aunts & Uncles; Justin & Shala Underwood, Brian Sauser (Lawton, MO), Shane & Jenny Betschart (Ashland, KS), Brian & Jenny Wilson (Parker, CO), Brent Wilson & Kayla Meek, Scott & Patty Wilson (Wichita, KS), Jodie & Brad Thomas, Shauna & Allison Smith (Omaha, NE), Cody Betschart & Perla Alarcon (Aurora, CO). Cousins Paxton Sauser; Huck Underwood; Peyton, Ethan, Gentry, Lance & Zack Betschart; Brecken & Grayson Thomas; Tristen Rivers; Carter, Aubrielle, Ethan, Koehn, Knox, and Gabriel Wilson.
He was preceded in his race to heaven by great-grandparents James and Ruth Patee (St. Joseph, MO), Curtis & Mary Catherine Rinehart (Ford, KS), Stanley & Phyllis Vogel (Wright, KS).
His entire family is grateful for the nurses, doctors, therapists, teachers, caregivers, pharmacists, and providers who demonstrated an obvious love and care for our boy. We are grateful for the love and support from family, friends who are family, our church family, legislators, support agency professionals and fellow special needs families who have supported our journey. Special thanks to his best friend, nurse Josh Mougeot, Rhosheca Drewery, Shebra “DeShan” Givens, Terralisa Porter, Gwen Breaux, and Ashley Woodson who gave us extra years with Braden due to their daily love and care.
Braden taught us to BEE-lieve. Our “B” was quite an example of a real-life bumble bee. Science says that those tiny little wings aren’t enough to support the fat little body of the bee. But God says the bumblebee can fly, and so he does. Fly high little bee, until we see your restored body in heaven, we will miss you all the days we are apart from you on earth, and we thank you for all you taught us.
Visitation with religious services to follow at Healing Place Church, (Denham Springs campus) 569 Florida Avenue SW, Denham Springs, LA 70726, on Saturday November 4, 2023.
The visitation will be from 9am to 11am. Service will begin at 11 am.
The family has requested you wear bright colors like blues, greens, or yellows to celebrate the life of a boy who responded to bright colors.
For those who cannot attend in person, services will be streamed at Braden Wilson Memorial Service 11/04/23 - YouTube
Braden Wilson Medical fund to pay off remaining debts can be mailed to 36493 Royal Oak Drive, Prairieville, LA 70769.
The Braden Wilson Memorial Scholarship fund is being established at Dutchtown High School for post-secondary education & vocational training. Parties wishing to make a tax-deductible donation can:
· Mail it to: Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans, 700 Hickory Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70123 and in the memo line write “Braden Wilson Scholarship Fund”.
· Donate online at www.fhfofgno.org and mark in the special donations instructions that your donation is for the “Braden Wilson Scholarship Fund”.