This article appeared in Today’s Farmer (Tockman, J. . Closing Thought. Today’s Farmer, Vol. 79, No. 3, pp.37-39). Reproduced by permission.
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.
Albert Abraham Wenger, age 88, of Versailles, passed away Saturday morning, November 27, 2010, at the Golden Age Living Center in Stover. He was born March 25, 1922, in Versailles, Missouri, the son of the late Jesse Walter and Ella Lehman Wenger.
On July 24, 1949, at the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church, he was united in marriage to Rose Marie Diener, who preceded him in death on April 26, 1997.
Albert graduated on June 3, 1941, from Hesston College and Bible School in Hesston, Kansas. He was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed woodworking.
He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna.
He is survived by his children, David Wenger and wife Ginger of Boonville, Karen Gingerich and husband Ken and Linda Ewert and husband Reg both of Omaha, Nebraska, Danny Wenger and Bob Wenger and wife Karla both of Versailles, Ann Loganbill and husband Dean of Barnett, and Carol Evans and husband Russ of Blue Springs, Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; his brother, Paul Wenger and wife Lela of Hesston, Kansas; his sister, Bertha Swarr and husband of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Derek Wenger, his brothers, Roy Wenger and Norman Wenger, his sister, Viola Ramer, and his daughter-in-law, Dorcas Wenger.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 30, at the Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. Interment will be held at the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Versailles. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 29, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Mennonite Church or the Mt. Zion Cemetery Association. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.
She was born July 19, 1953, in Jefferson City, the daughter of Charles and Virginia Buffington, and was raised in Tebbetts.
On Aug. 13, 1988, she married Daniel Wayne Wenger, who survives of the home.
She worked for Miller County Special Services and Burrell Center of Versailles as a community integrator. She enjoyed spending time with family, spoiling her grandchildren, reading, singing, following politics, and cheering for the Cardinals baseball and Versailles Tiger football teams. She was an active member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Fortuna, where she participated in and led many ministry activities such as Bible school, music, drama, and Sunday school. She had a passion for life, living each day loving others and her Lord and Savior.
In addition to her husband Danny, she is survived by her son Ryan Henry, his wife Mandy, and their children Paige, Zach, and Alyssa, of Jefferson City; her daughter Erica Baldwin and her husband Steve of Raleigh, N.C.; and her son Dane of the home. She is also survived by her mother Virginia (Welty) Buffington of Jefferson City. Other survivors are brothers Wes Buffington of Springfield; Jim Buffington and his wife Mary Anne of Mokane; Don Buffington and his wife Sharon of Jefferson City; Terry Buffington of Phoenix, Arizona; Randy Buffington and wife Deanna of Lee’s Summit; and Mark Buffington and wife Dianne of Mexico; and many other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Duane Henry, in 1983; her father Charles William Buffington in 2006; and brother, William Ray Buffington in 1955.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2:00 p.m., at the Bethel Mennonite Church. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive loved ones and friends during visitation at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel Mennonite Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.