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Mary Blessing Wheeler, 101, St. Joseph, Mo. died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Country Squire, her home since 2000.

She was born Dec. 10, 1911 to Joseph and Martha Dougherty in Higbee, Mo.

Mary B. married Clifford L. Wheeler in 1934. He preceded her in death in 1969.

She graduated from Myers High School in 1929. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the University of Missouri and began her teaching career in a one room school house and later worked for the Fayette and New Franklin School Districts for a total of forty-six years.

Mary B. cherished her daily readings from “Jesus Calling.” Her passion was teaching young children and helping prepare them for their future. She loved her family and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary B. was a member of First Christian Church, Fayette, Mo., where she was a Deaconess and a Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution; Charter Member of the Golden Study Club; Past President of PEO Chapter GG; Order of the Eastern Star; Past President of Howard County Retired Teachers Association; and was active in PTA.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Ozella, Joella, and Eunice.

Survivors: daughter, Patricia Steinbecker (Terry), St. Joseph, Mo.; grandson, Ryan Steinbecker (Shari), St. Joseph, Mo.; great-grandson, Jakob; granddaughter, Teri Lea Cumming (Chris), Grand Rapids, Mich.; great-granddaughters, Carlee and Teagan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to Sharon and Courtney Barron and all the other Helping Hands Personnel that provided loving care and companionship to Mary B. Thanks also to Hands of Hope Hospice.

Services: 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 22, First Christian Church, Fayette, Mo. Interment Fayette City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory and 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday at First Christian Church, Fayette, Mo. The family requests donations be made to First Christian Church, 307 N. Church St., Fayette, Mo. 65248 or Noyes Home for Children, 801 N. Noyes Blvd., St. Joseph, Mo. 64506. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.

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