Mary Ella (Sumner) WILSON

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WILSON, Mary Ella

(Sumner) 92, passed away September 8, 2018. She was a resident of Bartow since 2003, moving from Arcadia, Florida. Mary was born December 27, 1925 in Boyette, Florida to Emma (Simmons) and Julius "Jule" Sumner. She was the baby of five children, born into a pioneer cattle ranching family of more than five generations. Mary owned cattle nearly her entire lifetime, until she retired from ranching in 2003. A few of her cattle still live at Lucky Seven W. Farms in Washington, Georgia where her youngest daughter, Tink continues the family cattle ranching legacy. Mary's devotion to her family, especially her three girls, was second only to her devotion to her Lord Jesus. She was a longtime member of Wimauma Church of God and Highlands Church of God in Lakeland, FL. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, William A. (Billy) Wilson. She is survived by three daughters, Denise Earnest of Orlando; Emma Collins (Lamar) of Bartow; Etwenda Wade (Tim) of Washington, GA; a step-daughter, Vicky James (Bobby Joe) of Tuscaloosa, AL; two steps-sons, Dale Wilson (Judith) of Avon Park; and Ronnie Wilson (Debbie) of Sumter, SC; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 10-11 am at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow, funeral services will follow at 11 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Lakeland Highlands Church of God, or . Condolences to family at:
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 14, 2018