MARY M. WENTLING

Mary Moore Wentling was born April 5, 1922, in Philadelphia, where she lived with her parents through her childhood. She moved to New York City to attend King College, where it was love at first sight on meeting a new student, Eugene Wentling. Mary finished college and, from Philadelphia, exchanged a steady stream of letters with Gene, who’d been drafted into World War II.

After the war, as Gene finished his college degree and their relationship deepened, Mary pursued a Masters\' Degree in German from Temple University, and a Bible degree from Philadelphia College of the Bible, receiving both degrees just a few weeks before marrying Gene on June 7, 1947.

Mary loved to travel, and played piano for Gene’s choir tour of Europe. They raised four children: Deborah, Rebecca, Timothy, and Nathaniel, and Mary was active at Berea church in Delaware playing piano and teaching Sunday school. Mary thoroughly enjoyed her 26 years as a librarian at Wilmington Christian School, as well as teaching art and art appreciation for the school, for churches and to home school students on the side. She resisted retirement for years, not wanting a lazy or purposeless retirement, until she realized retirement meant doing even more of what she loved.

After retiring, Mary spent time reading, knitting, visiting her beloved Ocean City beach, and writing at least six self-published educational books on art and art appreciation. She and Gene even traveled to Europe a number of times so she could sketch steeples of churches designed by Christopher Wren and visit masterpieces that were the subject of her writings, such as Van Eyck\'s Adoration of the Lamb.

Mary went peacefully to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on December 26, 2017 as her loving family sang hymns and read Scripture to her at home. With Gene again, she now adores the Lamb of God face-to-face. She is survived by her four children, eleven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Service was held at 11:00 am on Friday December 29, 2017 at the Berea Presbyterian Church, 957 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707. Interment will take place at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE 19701 at 10:00 am on Friday January 5, 2017.