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Estelle Bruggemann Wyly

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WYLY, Estelle Estelle Bruggemann Wyly, 94, resident of Atlanta's Lenbrook Square, was the devoted and loving wife of Dr. Lemuel David Wyly, Jr., deceased retired physics professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Born to George and Mabel Bruggemann of Charleston, SC, Estelle was one of three children. She is survived by her sister, Caroline Dodenhoff of Charleston, SC. Estelle was preceded in death by her brother, Gerhardt Bruggemann of Charleston. Estelle married Lemuel David Wyly in December 1938 and accompanied him during his graduate years at UNC Chapel Hill where he earned his Master's degree and then at Yale University where he received his Ph.D. in physics. Estelle is survived by her children Lemuel David Wyly III and Gay Wyly Grayson Patterson. Her son, Reverend Dr. Lemuel David Wyly III and wife, Marsha, live in Greenville, NC. and daughter, Gloria Wyly Mock and husband, Matthew Mock, reside in Chapel Hill, NC and granddaughter, Robin Wyly Nordman and husband, Rob, make their home in Wake Forest, NC. Rob and Robin's children, Estelle's great-grandchildren, include Christina, Savannah, Johnathon and Michael. Estelle's daughter, "Gay" Wyly Patterson lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Steve Patterson. Estelle's grandson, Gay's son, Sandlin Jeffrey Grayson and wife, Limin live in Seattle, WA. Estelle was a long time member of the Georgia Tech Dames club, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, The League of Women Voters, Brookhaven Garden Club, and her beloved Bridge Club made up of wives of Georgia Tech professors. She was a talented knitter and knitted caps for premature babies at Emory Hospital for decades. She remained faithful to this endeavor and continued to serve in this way until her death. Estelle was a talented china painter and produced hundreds of hand-painted items. She began painting in New Haven, CT during David's Yale years and continued her painting until her late eighties. She tirelessly pursued her art, firing her hand-painted items in her own kiln. Estelle was known for her strength, humor, honesty and positive outlook. Her constant devotion and love of family was inspirational. In lieu of flowers, Estelle preferred to honor her late husband, David. Memorials may be sent to the Lemuel David Wyly Memorial Fund at the Georgia Tech Foundation, 760 Spring Street, NW, Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30308. A service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 22 at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NW, Atlanta. Arrangements by Wages and Sons, Stone Mountain Chapel 770-469-9811
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 21, 2009
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