Clarke Wheatley On her 89th birthday, March 7, 2003, Mary. E. Clarke Wheatley died of chronic emphysema. Thanks to the wonderful care Mary received from the hospice staff of Glacial Ridge Homecare, her doctor, Thomas Haus and all the staff at Parkview Court, she was able to die with dignity, peace and loads of love and hugs. At the time of her death, she lived at Parkview Court in Glenwood, MN with her very dear and devoted husband of 20 years, Mark Wheatley and their Siamese cat "Tippi." Prior to that, she was a life-long resident of the St. Paul and Mpls area. Right after WWII, Mary married Stephen E. Clarke and together they had tow sons who survive her, David A. Clarke (Patricia A.) of Glenwood, MN and Jerome S. Clarke of East Bethel, MN. Stephen died in 1976. Mary was also preceded in death by her only sister, Gertrude I. Tusler; and her only brother, Herbert B. Tusler, both from St. Paul MN. Family was always the center of Mary's life and her favorite times were those which were spent at the lake, or at home playing cards, games, enjoying music, reading, cheering for her Minnesota Twins or the Vikings (she was never to be called a fair weather fan) and caring for her many pets over the years. She also enjoyed many Elderhostel programs and it was at one of these events in California that she met her English gentleman husband, Mark. Mary retired from employment with Ramsey County where she was a legal secretary and a medical secretary. In 1981 she met Mark Wheatley who was a resident of Nottingham, England and they married in 1983. Mary and Mark spent the remainder of their active retirement years traveling the world. A Birthday and Farewell Gathering in honor of Mary was held at the All Saints Chapel at the Glenwood Retirement Home on Friday, March 14, 2003. A private burial will be held at the cemetery of St. John's in the Wilderness, White Bear Lake, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate it if you would consider a memorial donation to the charity of your choice.
Published on March 16, 2003
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