Katherine Wheeler Wildy

Monday, February 25, 2019

Katherine Wheeler Wildy, 88, died at her home in Etowah, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. She was born Sept. 7, 1930, in Imboden, to Carl Clifton and Ray Pace Wheeler. She was raised in Caraway, where she learned to be a merchant extraordinaire, working in her father’s general store. She graduated as valedictorian from Caraway High School. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1952 where she served as president of Delta Delta Delta sorority and tapped for Mortar Board. Katherine married Charles Luther Wildy in 1953 and became a farm wife, mother, English teacher, tutor and a volunteer. She is a past member of Osceola Junior Auxiliary, Mississippi County Cotton Wives, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

She returned to school in the 1970s and earned her master’s degree in English Literature from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and enjoyed teaching there as well. In 1984, she not only became a grandmother, but she started a grand adventure. Katherine channeled her energy, education, experience, talent, vision and courage into establishing Wildwood Antiques in her home in Etowah. She was always proud to say she had customers from all 50 states and 26 foreign countries. Her daughter joined her in the business and they were blessed to work together for 20 years. Katherine continued to enjoy her work and customers until her death.  Katherine loved her friends in Chapter O PEO, her supper club and bridge clubs. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Blytheville, where she worshipped her Lord and Savior for 66 years. She cherished her family and they adored her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, parents, sister Lura Wheeler Betz, and brother John Thomas Wheeler.

Katherine is survived by her daughter, Ann Wildy (Scott) Carpenter of Marion; granddaughters, Katherine Carpenter (Brad) McGraw of North Little Rock and Laura Pace Carpenter of Fayetteville; sister, Louise Wheeler (Dan) Dennis of Cherokee Village, and her sister-in-law, Mary Frances Wheeler of Germantown, Tenn.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Marion United Methodist Church with the memorial service immediately following at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Garden Point Cemetery in Etowah.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church P.O. Box 573 Blytheville, AR 72316.

Services are under the care of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home in Lepanto.