Mary met the love of her life, Richard Weekley, when she was a child at Sango’s old school. He often rode his motorized bicycle seven miles from his farm to hers. She said he won her heart when he wrote a check for 80 cents at Mr. Troy Halliburton’s store to buy her some candy. They were married for 68 years and lived on the Weakley family farm.
Mary was a farmer’s daughter and also a farmer’s wife, a role that influenced every aspect of her life. Her love for the land was evident in almost everything she did. Anyone traveling 41A south cannot help but notice its beautiful flower garden. Through this passion, she met many new people who would stop to chat and look at the beauties, always telling them that the Daylillys were her favorite. She was so constant in her garden that people realized her health was deteriorating when she no longer saw the flowers daily.
Mary loved her United Methodist denomination with an uncompromising ferocity. She and many of her generation carried the corners of their beloved Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Whether it was teaching Sunday school, leading UMYF, or organizing a picnic for over 60 people, if the doors were open, Miss Mary was there.
Mary worked at First National Bank, later renamed, for more than 25 years. I especially enjoyed helping young people who were having difficulties with their finances. Over the years, countless people would approach her and thank her for her help when they were young and struggling.
Always smiling and friendly, Mary was voted best friend at Clarksville High School, a superlative she practiced to the end. She loved Clarksville High School and took pride in the fact that starting with her father in 1918, she, all four of her children and 15 grandchildren graduated from there. After graduating from the College of Humanities, Mary attended Austin Peay State University where she was a member of the inaugural government.
Mary was a leader in many community organizations. She was president of the Country Woman’s Club, Agricultural Women’s Bureau, and held various offices in local and regional United Methodist Women. She has led Mount Carmel’s involvement for many years with Loaves and Fishes. Mary was also a master gardener. But undoubtedly the greatest joy in Mary’s life came from watching her family grow from 2 to 62, and there is likely more to come. She would tell anyone who would listen that she lived in Wickleyville, the best place to live in the world.
Mary is survived by her husband, James Richard Weekley, daughters, Meredith Young (Ted), Beth Paget (Johnny), sons, Vernon Weekley (Kathleen), Penny Weekley (Pam), grandchildren, Lauren Stacy, Rebecca (Craig) Crawford, Rachel ( Clifton) Smith, Sarah (Parker) Tobin, Mary Katherine (Dustin) Fleenor, Matt (Ashley) Kautz, Drake Young, Teal Young, Richard (Allison) Weekley, Jim Weekley, Brad (Jimmy) Weekley, Diana Weekley, Averette (Holly) ) Baggett, Wren (Kelly) Baggett, Ella Baggett and 27 great grandchildren.
The family is especially appreciative of Lisa Logan, her caregiver, supporter, and very dear friend.
Visitation will be from 4 pm to 7 pm on Friday, September 15, 2023 at McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home. Visitation on Saturday, September 16, 2023 will be from 10 a.m. until service hour at 11 a.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Missions.
Online condolences may be made at www.NaveFuneralHomes.com.