Mary Curtis Wallace
Funeral Time: Saturday, January 20th at 11:00AM
WALLACE, Mary Curtis, 95, died January 7, 2018.
She was born October 29, 1922 in Lexington, Kentucky to the late John James and May Peak Curtis. She graduated from Henry Clay High School. She initially attended Baylor University, but went on to graduate from Wheaton College, Magna Cum Laude. After teaching English at Lafayette Junior High School for several years, she married the love of her life, Rev. John T. Wallace, Jr. in 1947. They moved to Hennessey, OK where she continued to teach high school English.
After John accepted the pastorate of the Felix Memorial Baptist Church (later known as Parkway Baptist Church) in Lexington, Mary served as a substitute teacher in the Fayette County Public Schools for 25 years. Most important to her were her roles as mother and ministerís wife. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Bible classes for over 50 years. She was an active leader in the Baptist WMU at the local and state levels. After Johnís retirement, she was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She served as a board member and president of the PTA and later worked as Area Coordinator for AISE student exchange program. She did private tutoring and was a volunteer English teacher with the International Friendship Program. Known for her sweet and kind manner, she loved cooking, antiques and playing the piano. She was profoundly proud of her Kentucky ancestry and the stateís heritage. She lived a life of unwavering faith, prayer, love and service.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, John T. Wallace, Jr., her son John T. Wallace, III, her sister Martha Langdon, and her brother Jack Curtis.
She is survived by her children, James C. Wallace (Barton) and Fern Woods (Charles); grandchildren Lindsey Ford (Edward), Ashley Wenaas (Matthew), Hayley Riccio (Felipe), John and Alison Woods; great grandchildren Amelia and Reece Ford, Annalise, Bennett and Caroline Wenaas; as well as sister Dorothy Curtis Burt.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to all the loving and dedicated people who cared for Mary in her final years, especially those at Oaklawn and Elmcroft.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 20, 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 150 East High Street, officiated by Dr. Bob Baker, with burial following at Lexington Cemetery. Visitation is Friday, January 19, 4:00-7:30 p.m. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 East Main Street, as well as on Saturday at the church before the funeral from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Missions Fund of either Calvary Baptist Church or Parkway Baptist Church.