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Born March 6, 1944 in Greenville, MS, Mary Wilson was the eldest of three children by Sam and Johnnie Mae Wilson. Her family relocated numerous times throughout her early years before Wilson was sent to live with her uncle, John L. Pippin and his wife, Ivory, in Detroit, MI. Wilson came to believe that they were her biological parents, which confused her deeply when she was sent at the age of six to live with her mother. Eventually, she settled in Detroit's notoriously tough Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects. There, she met Florence Ballard, another young girl who shared her love of R&B stars like Frankie Lymon. The pair soon became fast friends, and Ballard later tapped Wilson to join ...
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