Jennifer Molley Wilson, 55, of Blackey, died January 17.
Mrs. Wilson was an employee of Kentucky Office of Rural Health and the University of Kentucky, and had designed brochures and fundraising materials for United Ways of Bristol, Tenn./Va. and Johnson City, Tenn. She was instrumental in the founding of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots music festival and modeled for the first R&R poster, posed walking down the railroad tracks with guitar on her back.
She coordinated two Guinness world record scuba dives by Kingsport resident Jerry Hall, brought the NBC Today Show to Bristol for coverage and also arranged his appearances on the Montel Williams Show and PBS.
She received state and national award recognition for her work with the United Ways, local regional and national awards for her work with the scuba dives. Additionally, she earned countless awards for her clients when she owned and operated her own advertising agency, Graphic Bliss in Bristol.
Mrs. Wilson received international acclaim for her fine art photography. She was an abstract painter, played the guitar and ukulele, designed and created jewelry, designed and produced clothing from recycled tee shirts, collected and smoked vintage tobacco pipes, collected vintage fountain pens, studied makeup, was a licensed bartender and was very involved in animal welfare.
Surviving are her husband Malcolm J. Wilson; her father, John Molley, and stepmother, Carla Twyman Molley, Johnson City, Tenn., two daughters, Jessica Blindt, Bristol, Va., and Malandra Jalyne Heuglin, Prospect; a son, Seth Ryan Wilson, Johnson City, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Mara, Graham and Ella Gibson, Prospect.
A celebration of Mrs. Wilson’s life will be held at the Appalshop Theater in Whitesburg on February 3 at 1:30 p.m. The family suggests those who wish make expressions of sympathy to either the Letcher County Culture Hub or Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter. Culture Hub contributions can be made online at www.letcherculture.org/contribute or to Appalshop, 91 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858 with “Letcher County Culture Hub” designated in the donation. Contributions to Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter should be in care of Teresa Singleton, P.O. Box 325, Hazard KY 41702.