Singer and founding member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, passed away on February 8, 2021. Her death has shocked and saddened friends, family, colleagues, and her throngs of
Today we fondly remember the Motown Sweetheart, with pictures of her from her glory days, and her recent years.
Pictures courtesy of Mary Wilson’s
1. This is the most recent selfie the singer posted of herself before her death. Calling it her Halloween look, she claimed to have dressed up as ‘Mary Wilson from the sixties’.
2. Speaking of the sixties, Wilson posted this photo of “The Supremes on the Tennessee Wms TV show late 60’s”.
3. The Supremes with Marvin Gaye.
4. Mary Wilson posted this picture of The Supremes with Little Richard with the caption “My first introduction to Rock& Roll. Little Richard!”
5. Diana Ross became renowned as the group’s international superstar and Florence Ballard, who died prematurely at the age of 32 in 1976, came to be memorialized as its tragic figure. Mary Wilson was its steady, omnipresent and outspoken driving force.
6. The Supremes attending Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral, April 9, 1968.
7. With lead vocalist Diana Ross and founding member Florence Ballard (and with Ballard’s replacement Cindy Birdsong), Wilson appeared on all 12 of the Supremes’ No. 1 pop hits from 1964-69.
8. Would you have guessed this is Wilson’s great-granddaughter?! The singer posted this selfie of the quality time she spent with Lori, her great-granddaughter, backstage of a theatre.
9. Mary Wilson had been highly visible in 2019, when she appeared on the 28th season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and released ‘Supreme Glamour,’ her fourth book.
10. Mary Wilson rocking her 70’s in this classy and elegant black gown for an awards after-party.
Although she had to wait almost a decade to take the lead on one of The Supremes hit singles, Mary Wilson was the driving force that kept the name and band running for so long. Her work as part of the glamourous trio was a game changer in the genre and paved the way for artists to come. Her solo career as a musician, author, and TV personality inspire us. A true Motown legend, her legacy will live on.