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Of Bradenton passed away peacefully, October 26, 2012. She was born September 27, 1920 in Seymour, Indiana and moved to Indianapolis in 1930 with her parents Daniel H. and Bertha May Clark Sprenger. She was a 1938 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School and attended Indiana Central College. Her parents, her two brothers Robert D. and Howard C., and her husband Kenneth Wise predeceased her. Her nephew Thomas R. Sprenger MD of Bradenton as well as grandnieces and nephews survive her.
She became licensed to fly single engine aircraft while in Indianapolis and was a member of The Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots). She and Ken, her husband, participated in sports car rallies in the greater Washington, DC area. Mary and Ken enjoyed sailing, and spent weekends on Chesapeake Bay where she liked to be at the helm. They sailed with friends in the Bahamas and Caribbean.
In her early adult years she was a member of and worked for the First Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. She worked in real estate in Indianapolis and Washington, DC primarily on Capitol Hill. In Washington she became a member of Foundry Church where she was involved with Intercessory Prayer, Healing Ministries and she led numerous retreats for Bible study. In Bradenton she became a member of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, served as an Elder and was a prayer group leader. Before glaucoma robbed her of sight she was an avid reader of the Bible and Christian publications.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in the Auditorium at Freedom Village in Bradenton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209. Condolences for the family may be made online at

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Shannon Funeral Homes, PA
1015 14th St. W.
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 746-2111
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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 27, 2012
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