Mary Kathryn Wheeler
Mary Kathryn Phillips Wheeler, 88, died peacefully October 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Ashland, Kentucky following a brief illness.
Born and reared in Boyd County, she spent her entire life here.
Mrs. Wheeler was a woman of many accomplishments. Mother to 7 children, grandmother to 11, great grandmother to 12, and great great grandmother to 1. She and her husband Charles were owners of Wheeler and Williams Hardware, chairman of the Boyd County Republican Party for 30 years, and Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention. In addition, Mary Kay served as a member of the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Board.
Mrs. Wheeler was active in community service and often traveled to Morehead State University events where her husband Charles was Regent under Governor Martha Layne Collins.
Although Mary Kay had many roles, her favorite was as "Mimsey" to her grandchildren whom she adored. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her children Leslie Wheeler Cogan (Stephen), Lexington, Ky., Dr. Charles P. Wheeler (Robin), and Laurence E. Wheeler (Theresa) of Pikeville, Ky., Dr. Dana W. Wheeler(Jimmy) of Charleston, S.C., and Leigh Ann Wheeler Mullins ( Vernon) of Flatwoods, Ky. Grandchildren Kevin Cornett (Tiffany), Kyle Cornett (Rachel). C. Phillip Wheeler (Crystal), Brandon Wheeler, Ashley Wheeler Lopez (Martin), Robert Clark(Sarah), Elijah Mullins (Kacie), Ramsey Mullins, and Whitney Wheeler Mullins ( Matthew).12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.
Mrs. Wheeler was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Charles D. Wheeler, two sons, Clark V. Wheeler and Ramsey C. Wheeler; parents Lawrence A. Phillips, Sr. and Lucy A. Lakin Phillips; and brother Lawrence A. Phillips, Jr.
Visitation will be Tuesday October 15 at noon, Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel, with service to follow at 1 p.m. by Pastor Bruce Wheeler of Bloomington, Ind. Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
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Chuck Adkins
Oct 17, 2019
So sorry I missed this. My prayers are with all of the Family... Mary Kay was like a 2nd mother growing up ...