Mary Louise Whidden, 88, of Greenwood, formerly of Pascagoula, Mississippi, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Born April 12, 1928, in Wausau, Florida, she is predeceased by her parents, Theron and Mattie Tiller of Wausau, Florida; her brother, Wilburn Tiller of Panama City, Florida and her late husband, Allee A. Whidden.
From the mid-1950s until her husband’s death in 1968, Mary (also known as Louise by her Florida family) lived and worked with her husband and daughter in Pascagoula, Mississippi. After her husband’s death she continued to live in Pascagoula until she came to live with her daughter’s family in 1982. She moved to Greenwood with her daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Debbie Womack, in 1992.
Mary was a sincere follower of Jesus Christ and was very active in various ministries at her church, Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church of Greenwood. In recent years, Mary’s dementia limited her speech abilities. But, the two things she could still say, and did until the end, were “thank you” and “I love you.” Her family and friends are forever grateful for her legacy of love and sacrifice.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie (Mike) Womack of Greenwood; grandson, Andrew Womack (Kari) of Kirksville, Missouri; granddaughters, Jessica Womack of Monroe, Washington and Grace Griffin of New Whiteland; sisters, Betty (Ben) Spivey of Havana, Florida and Grace Chesnut of Chipley, Florida; sister-in-law, Mary Tiller of Panama City, Florida; five great grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon today at Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood with a memorial service to follow at noon
Arrangements and care have been provided by G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to either Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.