Mary Wheeler, a loving wife, aunt, cousin, and friend passed away in her home in Katy, Texas on Monday, July 6,2020. She is now in her eternal home with those whom she loved and went before her.
Mary Pigford Rivenbark was born in Metter, Georgia on October 5, 1939 to Sallie McGauley Rivenbark and Pigford L Rivenbark.
She graduated from Georgia Southern University with her teaching degree and continued her education at the University of Georgia earning her master’s degree.
She spent over forty years teaching in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Atlanta Georgia, Katy, Texas and taught in Saudi Arabia when her husband’s job transferred them there. She was not only a teacher but was principal of a high school in Atlanta, Georgia. After Mary’s retirement, she continued to work as a substitute teacher in a school near her home in Katy, Texas.
Mary enjoyed teaching and touched her students lives with a colorful and challenging approach to learning. For many years she planned and accompanied her students on trips to Washington, D.C. and visited many of the places the y studied in Social Studies and History while in her class. Mary loved our country and wanted to instill that love and patriotism, into her student’s lives.
Mary and her husband, Dale, had a special fondness for Welsh Corgi’s and, through the years, adopted many Corgi rescues into their home.
She is preceded in death by her husband Royce Dale Wheeler, her mother Sallie McGauley Rivenbark, Father Pigford L Rivenbark, and brothers, William Lanier Rivenbark and James Calvin Rivenbark.
She is survived by her nephews Michael David Rivenbark (Rita), Wayne Candler Rivenbark (Peggy), Sam Rivenbark (Bonnie), and a niece MaryAnne Scott (Bill) and their families, as well as many cousins and their families.
The family would like to express their utmost appreciation for the prayers and support of caring hearts from many of Mary’s family members, friends and especially to her neighbors in Katy, Texas who have reached out to her with daily visits and meals.
Please remember her in your own special way. She was a unique individual.