You’ve heard her sweet voice as one of the founding members of the classic female singing group, the Supremes. But while Mary Wilson was sharing hit after hit with the world, she was also busy raising her three wonderful children, Turkessa, Pedro Jr. and late son Rafael.
In May 1974, the late iconic singer married her first and only husband, Pedro Ferrer, in Las Vegas. The couple was together for seven years, and during their marriage, they welcomed their three children together. Looking back, the “Back in My Arms Again” singer was thrilled to become a mom.
“I always wanted to be married and have children and I love being pregnant,” she told Time magazine in August 2019. “I had some of my stage dresses turned into maternity gowns because I worked into my ninth month.”
Mary continued working her busy schedule even after having Turkessa, Pedro Jr. and Rafael. Fortunately, she had the help of Pedro during the early years of her children’s childhood, but the former couple called it quits by 1981.
Following their divorce, Mary struggled to balance her hectic Hollywood career and time at home. The Supreme Glamour author said her kids finally “[understood] what [she] had to do as a single parent” as they got older, but it wasn’t always easy when they were growing up.
“I remember at one show at Drury Lane, in London, I nursed Turkessa until moments before I got on stage, when the nanny grabbed her,” Mary recalled to the outlet. “My daughter said I wasn’t the best mother, but all-stars’ children say that. As a performer, you’re up there on stage giving love to millions of people, and then when you come home, you’re tired.”
Tragically, Mary died at age of 76 in February 2021. The beloved singer’s longtime friend and publicist Jay Schwartz confirmed her heartbreaking death to CNN, noting Mary died “suddenly.” The former Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme author was surrounded by her surviving children, Turkessa and Pedro Jr., when she died at her home in Henderson, Nevada.
Mary’s unforgettable legacy will live on in her children and grandchildren.
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