Mary Esther Wheeler|
Sept. 2, 1928-Jan. 29, 2014
Mary Esther Wheeler, age 85, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at The Laurels of Carson City.
A Family Graveside Service will be held at Vinewood Cemetery, Edmore, MI, in the spring.
Mary Esther (Smith) Wheeler was born on September 2, 1928, in Elm Hall, Michigan, to Edmund and Lottie (Worthing) Smith.
Mary lived all her young and early adult life in Gratiot County. Mary was the third of 8 children, Robert, Ann, Helen, John Harold, Hildred, William, and Lee. On January 1, 1964, Mary married Ivan (Carl) Wheeler in St. Louis, Michigan. Together they raised 7 children who all survive her: Darlene (John) Baker of Alma, Marian (Tom) Wright of Alma, Mark (Lucia) MacNabb of St. Louis, Ivan (Teresa) Wheeler of Ithaca, Bryan (Michelle) MacNabb of Buffalo, TX, Carla (Ray) Falconbridge of Grand Rapids, and Kevin Wheeler of Edmore. Mary was also blessed with 20 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
In the 1970's, Mary went back to school and received her Nursing Degree from Mid-Michigan Community College as an LPN. Mary worked at Carson City Hospital for several years on the maternity ward and later went to work at the Mt. Pleasant State home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. A few years later, she started an Adult Foster Care Home in her own home for the physically and mentally impaired. Mary was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and crafts. Her biggest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ann, Helen and Hildred; brothers, Robert and John Harold; and two grandsons, Braeden and Edmund.
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The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis, MI.
Published in The Morning Sun on Jan. 31, 2014