Mary Wilkes

Mary Morris Wilkes

Tuesday, May 23rd, 1933 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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Mary Morris Wilkes, 86, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2020. Mary was born on May 23, 1933 in Harlingen, TX to the late James and Virginia Morris. She graduated from Patti Welder High School and married her high school sweetheart, the late Charles Allen Wilkes on December 20, 1952. They were happily married for 64 years.

Mary was a Christian and a member of Grace Community Bible Church. Mary, along with Charlie, was a loving and caring foster parent. Mary was a kind and soft-hearted person, besides helping the less fortunate, she also took special care of all the animals she boarded at the C.A.W. Kennels in Mission Valley. She loved to bowl, keep score at the kids’ softball games, play dominoes, go dancing, travel around Texas with her husband, and keep in touch with her friends. Mary and her late husband, Charlie, settled down in their home on the Guadalupe River where they spent the last years of their lives.

Survivors are her daughters, Pamela (Gilmar) de Queiroz, Kim Higdon, Janice (Doug) Bartels, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and 1 sister.

In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Allen Wilkes (November 20, 2016); her son, Charles Matthew Wilkes, one brother, and one granddaughter.

Graveside services will be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery, with Pastor Bill Pass, officiating. Memorial donations in Mary’s memory are requested to be sent to Grace Community Bible Church of Victoria, 201 Glascow St., Victoria, TX 77904.

We would like to thank the staff at Dornburg Center of Compassion in-patient facility for their excellent and caring attitude during these sorrowful last days.
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    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, May 16th, 2020 10:00am
    Memory Gardens Cemetery ~ Victoria
    8919 US Hwy 87 North
    VICTORIA, TX 77904
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Grace Memorial Chapel will follow the minimum recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to COVID-19.


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Mark Garrett

Posted at 11:20am
I am sorry to hear the passing of Mrs. Wilkes. She was such a sweet lady. I have fond memories of playing at their house when I was a kid. You all have my sympathy.

Mark Garrett

Pamela de Queiroz Posted at 12:47pm

Thank you so much Mark for your message. We remember you and the times you were visiting us at our Mission Valley home. We are glad that you have those fond memories.

Laura Leur Chavana

Posted at 12:50am
My condolences to your loss.

Pamela de Queiroz Posted at 05:31am

Thank you Laura for your words of comfort. Our mom and Grandy will be greatly missed. She was a special person to many.

Alison Bartels

Posted at 09:51pm
I have such fond memories visiting my Grandy's house with the family over our summer and winter breaks. My sister and I would get so excited every time we went to visit because she always had fun outdoor activities that we could only experience at her and Poppy's house. She would let us ride around on the lawnmower (with the blade off) in her yard and we would take the dogs down to the river and thought it was so fun to watch them fetch sticks into the water. I always loved hearing about her stories with Poppy and all the fun things they did together. Their love story is one I will always hold close to my heart and I am glad they are now resting together. I am forever thankful for my wonderful memories in Victoria and will miss Grandy and Poppy dearly.
-Alison Bartels

Pamela de Queiroz Posted at 05:35am

That's right, Alison. Visiting Grandy and Poppy down by the river was so relaxing and surely an adventure. We will never forget those moments. Now they are like Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy - the dolls Grandy loved so much. They are now walking 'hand n hand.'

viola garcia

Posted at 02:35pm
My deepest condolences to the family. Viola Garcia

Pamela de Queiroz Posted at 06:32pm

Viola, thank you so much for your kindness and service all these years. You have probably had contact with all of mom's daughters and we sincerely appreciate your words.

Lauren Bartels

Posted at 12:36pm
When my sister and I were young, we would visit my Grandy's house every summer. Grandy and my Poppy would cook us a big "country breakfast", and I loved when we sat around the small kitchen table together. Grandy also had a big sweet tooth, so we were always welcomed with special ice cream desserts. She was such a loving grandmother; kind to everyone and never quick to judge. I wish I could be there to attend the memorial service, but I know she will rest peacefully with my Poppy.

Pamela de Queiroz Posted at 12:56pm

Thank you Lauren for such a sweet message. I remember how much mom loved the times when you and Alison visited them.

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