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Mary Whitley

Mary I. Whitley

April 17, 1941  -  January 22, 2020

Mary I. Whitley, age 78, of Murdock, died Wednesday afternoon, Jan, 22, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Mary Irene Whitley was born on April 17, 1941, in Morrilton, Arkansas, the daughter of Orville and Bertha (McGee) Evans.  She grew up and received her education in Morrilton.  In 1959, Mary was united in marriage to James Edward Whitley who had a career in the U.S. Army and was a Korean and Viet Nam War Veteran.  They lived in Texas, Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina.  Mary was employed for over 20 years manufacturing automotive carburetors, retiring in 2006.  Following James’s death in 2014, she moved to Murdock, Minnesota to live with her daughter and son-in-law.  Mary was a hard worker.  She loved her family and had a strong Faith in the Lord.

She is survived by two children, Darlene (and Craig) Willprecht of Murdock and Danny (and Laura) Whitley of Kerkhoven; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Also surviving is one brother, David and four sisters, Iva Jo, Martha, Sharon and Joyce.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sons, Darrell and Johnny; and several siblings.

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I always loved yours and Uncle James' visits the most. I wished so much that you all lived closer. I know I'd have had as close a relationship with you as I did Aunt Mollie. We had a pretty close one for no more than we got to see each other. When my son passed away Aunt Mary was back here visiting and I don't know what I'd have done without her. Uncle James has rescued me off the side of the road, broke down with 2 babies in the freezing cold. Not having them here all the time was kinda like they were gaurdian angels. They always watched over everyone and knew when we needed them, when our soul was sick and we needed their love. Their presence was felt even when they weren't here and it's felt that they are gone. I will miss your presence in this world Aunt Mary. Darlene, Dan & Laura, Samantha, I will always keep you all in my prayers. Love to all. Jennifer

Jennifer Evans Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM