Funeral services for Mary Ann Wheeler, age 85, of Sulphur Springs, will be held on Tuesday, August 25 at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs, Texas with Dr. Jeff Gravens and Rev. Fred Lewis officiating. Internment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery following the services with Jason Glenn, Nicholas Glenn, Zachary Glenn, Dustin Winn, Whitney Wheeler, Mitchell Wheeler, Landon Winn, Travis Wheeler, and Cable Glenn serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. Mary passed away on August 23, 2020 in Sulphur Springs.
Mary Ann Beard Wheeler was born on March 22, 1935 in Mount Calm, Texas to Olaf & Oletta Cline Beard. Her father died before she was born. She was lovingly raised and cared for by her aunt and uncle, Claude & Lillie Belle Chisum. She met her husband, Eddie Glynn Wheeler, on the square in Rusk, Texas. They eloped on July 9, 1955, followed by a formal ceremony with loved ones held on September 10, 1955. They recently moved to Sulphur Springs to be close to family. Over the years she performed many jobs, including typist, Secretary for a US Marshall, the Dallas Apparel Mart, an Architecture company, manager at the hospital in Rusk, and Porter Pharmacy in Jacksonville. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family. Mary’s greatest joy and true calling in life was being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She thought each generation kept getting sweeter. Mary enjoyed many reunions at the lake, family vacations, summers with sleepovers, shopping, and holidays with family while preparing whatever meals they most enjoyed. She was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas.
Survivors include her husband Eddie of 65 years, her children: daughter Cathy & Tim Glenn of Sulphur Springs, son Michael & Maureen Wheeler of Austin, daughter Lisa Winn & Jerry Smryl of Tyler. Grandchildren: Jason & Hayley Glenn, Nicholas & Amy Glenn, Zachary & Monica Glenn, Dustin Winn & Jessica Foss West, Dr. Whitney Wheeler, Mitchell Wheeler, Landon Winn & Caitlin Raborn, Travis Wheeler & Macy Wellendorf. Great-grandchildren: Cable & Colbie Ann Glenn; Lily, Georgia & Joey Glenn; Lulu & Zeffie Glenn; Cooper Black; Cade & Lathen Winn. Siblings: Wanda Wheeler, Sue & Wilbur Dover, Jan & James Lathrop and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Uncle Claude & Aunt Lillie, her siblings Thelma McHargue and Olaf “Buddy” Beard, son-in-law Dewayne Winn and brother-in-law C.L. Wheeler.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the care and concern given by Kyra Manning and ALL the caregivers at Wesley Oaks Memory Care, where Mary resided. Their appreciation is also extended to Jay, Liz and those with Choice Hospice, as well as the numerous friends and loved ones who have shown kindness, love, and support during this time.
Family requests memorials be made to the Youth Ministry of First Baptist Church Sulphur Springs, 116 Oak Avenue, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482.