GEORGETOWN, Texas — Mary Mellen Wehling passed into the hands of her Lord in the early hours of Friday, April 15, 2011, at the Wesleyan at Scenic, in Georgetown, Texas.
Mary was born on Friday, May 17, 1918, to Professor and Mrs. Frederic Davis Mellen (nee Frances McFarland Rice) on the Mississippi A. & M. College campus (now Mississippi State University).
She was educated in Starkville, Miss., schools until her parents moved to Murray, Ky., where she concentrated on piano and Latin.
She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Mississippi.
With her husband of 40 years, Colonel Martin Paul Wehling, and their children, she travelled extensively.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; their son, John Francis; her brothers, Frederic Francis Mellen, State Geologist of Mississippi, Arthur Rice Mellen, who was killed in a traffic accident a week before college graduation, and Colonel William Pepperrell Mellen, and Air Force meteorologist.
She is survived by her sister, Nancy Herndon Mellen Franklin; her sons, Martin Frederic Wehling, of Niceville, Fla., and William "Black" Wehling, of Weir, Texas, and their wives, Cathy and Cynthia; her daughter, Nancy Elisabeth Wehling, of Raleigh, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She leaves four wonderful grandchildren: Eleanor Elisabeth Hampton (Mrs. Eric Frank Breit), Martha Frost Wehling, Dr. Judith Jefferson Wehling (Mrs. Philip Dexheimer), and Jason Benjamin Wehling and family; and four great-grandchildren: Juliet and Leonora Breit, Stephen Dexheimer and William J. Wehling.
She joined the Presbyterian Church in Starkville, Miss., at age 12 and she was grateful to the Lord: "that thy days may be long upon the land."
A visitation will be held at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown, Texas from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 , 2011.
A graveside service will be held at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, in Starkville, Miss.
Memorial contributions can be made to: The Palmer Home for Children; P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 (w ww.palmerhome.org) or The Caring Place; 2000 Railroad Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626 (www.caringplacetx.org ).