Mary L. Whildin

By on February 28, 2014

Mary L. Whildin, 96 of Aurora, passed away Feb. 22, 2014, at Jennings Terrace after each member of her family was able to see her one last time and say goodbye.

Mary was born Jan. 8, 1918, on the family farm near Maple Park, the daughter of Eben and Edith (Reed) Rowe.

Mary graduated from Kaneville High School in 1935 and then attended Northern Illinois University, where she received her teacher’s certificate. In the early years she taught in a one-room schoolhouse, and later taught throughout the Kaneland School District.

She was united in marriage to Wayne Whildin on Nov. 22, 1939. They made their home in Big Rock until 1945 and then moved to Wheeler Road in Sugar Grove, where they farmed until retiring to the west side of Aurora in 1972.

After her husband’s death in 1980, Mary remained very active. She enjoyed reading, volunteering at Copley Hospital, playing bridge, membership in the Aurora Women’s Club, traveling with friends and spending time with her family. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Aurora for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; her parents, Eben and Edith Rowe; along with her brother, John Rowe.

She is survived by one son, John (Linda) Whildin of Elburn; three grandchildren, Brandon (Susan) Whildin of Elburn, Courtney (Darren) Lackey of Geneva and Michael Whildin of Elburn; along with six great-grandchildren, Ian, Aidan and Evan Whildin, and Grant, Macey and Reese Lackey.

Visitation was held Wednesday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at The Healy Chapel.

Private interment will take place at West Big Rock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to First Baptist Church in Aurora.