Wenger, Mary Ida Driver

Mary Ida (Driver) Wenger, age 87, of Versailles, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at her home. She was born April 27, 1928, in Rockingham County, Virginia, a daughter of the late Wayne and Sophie (Swope) Driver.

On April 25, 1948, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she was united in marriage to Norman Wenger, who preceded her in death on June 6, 2006.

Mary was a former member of the Mt. Zion/Cornerstone Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. Later, she attended the Bethel Mennonite Church.

Mary was employed by various local establishments, including Lehman’s Restaurant for twenty years, Barncraft, Save-A-Lot grocery store and was a cook at Morgan County R-II school for many years. She served as GMSA club leader for several years, was a youth sponsor with her husband, Norman, worked with YWAM for many years, was secretary for Lakeside Mennonite Camp, served as vice-president for WMSC of the South Central Conference of the Mennonite Church, worked in the prison ministry for many years and took part in mission outreach at the Coffee School. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, baking and quilting.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Ulrich of Dayton, Virginia; her foster son, James Pryor and wife Kathy of Elm Springs, Arkansas; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Willard Driver and wife Betty of Bridgewater, Virginia and Lewis Driver of Franklin, West Virginia; sisters, Florence Heatwole and husband Nelson of Onego, West Virginia, Hannah Burkholder of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Ruth Kauffman of Portland, Oregon and Beulah Francis “Bootsie” Kenegy and husband Carroll of Portland, Oregon; several nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Dan Driver, Roy Driver and John Driver.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 24th, at the Bethel Mennonite Church with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. A private family graveside service will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association or Women in Mission Society at Bethel Mennonite Church.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.

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