Mary Simms Coffey Wheeler, 95, passed away on March 31, 2011 at Louisa Healthcare where she had resided for the last three years. She was born July 5, 1915 to the late Lottie Hairfield Simms and John William Simms. She had worked for the Louisa Department Store for many years and was the organist at Edgewood & Bethel Christian Church for 52 years where her late first husband Pettit H. Coffey was the Pastor. She was also preceded in death by her late second husband Arthur G. Wheeler, who was the Pastor of Hollywood Church of the Brethren in Ferry Farm. Mary was a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Spotsylvania.
She is survived by four nieces, Iris Simms Deale, Pansy Simms Massey, Joan Fisher Wood, and Bobbye Ray Ballard Gutridge; four nephews, Jennings Simms, Manford Carr, Lowell Carr, Donnie Carr.
Services will be held at 3pm on Sunday April 3, 2011 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa with Pastor Bob Ellinger and Pastor Billy Coffey officiating. Family will accept friends one hour prior at the Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mary’s great niece Annette Massey, great nephews Ricky Deale, Bobby Wood, Timmy Wood, Tommy Wood, and two special friends Steward Robbins and Charles Knight.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hebron Baptist Church c/o Dean Wheeler 6855 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551 or Lake Anna Community Fellowship Church 9942 Kentucky Springs Road, Mineral Va 23117.
The family would like to thank the staff at Louisa Healthcare Center for their kind care during Mary’s stay.