At the age of twenty, Lou Emma Wilson set out from Kentucky with her husband, a railroad engineer, for a very primitive and revolution-torn land, Mexico in the early twentieth century. Mrs. Wilson was a courageous woman, for she knew not a word of Spanish and had an infant daughter, Alberta, to care for. Their first home was a one room casita de adobe in a railroad company camp. There was running water – a single faucet in the corner – but no other plumbing, of course, and no stove; cooking had to be done over a charcoal brazier. But Lou Emma Wilson rose to the challenge. After living in carious towns – Porfirio Diaz, Tampico, Jalapa, Puebla, and Mexico City – the Wilsons settled in Puebla. They bought a small hotel, “The American House,” and a store that sold overalls, work gloves, and other supplies for railroad men. From "Lou Emma Wilson and Alberta Wilson Server" by Dr. John E. Keller.
Dr. Server taught Spanish at all levels during her 45 year tenure at the University of Kentucky. Even after her retirement in 1967, she maintained ties with the department by lecturing occasionally and by helping some students financially. According to Dr. John E. Keller, one of her students, she was "hard but just a taskmaster who insisted upon good study habits and academic accomplishments." In addition to the L.E. Wilson Endowment, she left a legacy of accomplished students.