Wilcox, Mary E.
Mary E. Wilcox, 83 of St. Petersburg, went to her heavenly home on November 24th, 2017. She was surrounded by her family and friends as she made the transition to be with our Lord. Mary was born in Decatur, Illinois on July 14, 1934, and moved to St. Petersburg in 1959.
Mary has been a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Katie Wiles and first husband Dale Perkins. She is survived by her loving and caring husband of 30 years, Douglas Wilcox, Sr., daughters Julie Hunt (Archie) and Patricia Simcox (Mike), her favorite son, John Perkins (Dayna), stepson Douglas Wilcox Jr. (Nancy), stepdaughter Wendy Wilcox, two brothers, Bill Wiles (Cathy), and David Wiles (Kathy), 13 grandchildren, Michael (Danielle), Bobby, Kevin, Marissa, Mia, Mandi (Fred), Joshua P., Brad (Courtney), Zachary, Tori and Joshua W., Jennifer and Elise, two great grandsons, Elijah and Declan, and an eagerly awaited 3rd great grandchild due to arrive in 2018. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mary was employed by GTE Directories until her retirement and was active in her children’s schools and in their church activities.
Mary was an active member of Northeast Presbyterian Church where she faithfully served the Lord in different capacities, wherever needed for many years. She loved volunteering in the church kitchen preparing meals for the congregation. She was known for her locally famous Maple Pecan cookies. While in rehab at Carrington Place, she made 7 dozen cookies to pass out to the residents and staff. She was always thinking of others before herself. She gave of her time and talents in any way she could. She would sew blankets and donate them to various Tampa Bay area hospitals for newborns. It is estimated she donated over 1000 blankets for babies. She also made and donated tiny burial gowns for premature infants of impoverished parents that might otherwise have nothing to wear. With her husband, she donated lots of toys for Toys for Tots during the holidays. She was always doing for others less fortunate than her.
Mary was a true friend to all who knew her and had many friends and they all felt that she was their best friend; she had that effect. She was a genuine Christian and served the Lord and set an example for all to follow. She will leave a giant hole in the lives of all who knew and loved her. We take comfort in knowing, that as fellow Christians, we will one day be reunited with her. To honor her legacy we should strive to live like she did and help those less fortunate than us.
A celebration of life will be held at Northeast Presbyterian Church on December 9, 2017 at 1 pm. Pastor Eneyas (“E”) Freitas will be officiating. The family is requesting that if you have a fond memory of Mary, that you would write it down and place it in an envelope to leave either on arrival or departure from the service. Those special stories will be compiled into a memory book for the family.
Interment will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery at a later date.