Mary Maxine Wimber
Mary Maxine Wimber
  • August 14, 1923 - August 19, 2017
  • Plano, Texas

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Mary Maxine Wimber passed away at her senior living home in Plano, TX, on August 19, 2017. She was born Mary Davis on August 14, 1923 to Marie and Carl Davis in Davis, SD, a town founded by her paternal grandfather. After moving with her parents and two sisters to Hurley, SD where she graduated high school then to Madison, SD, Mary met and married her first husband and had three children: Stan born in 1944, Alan born in 1947, and Mary born in 1948.

After the dissolution of that marriage, Mary relocated with her three children to Wyoming with family friends where she met Max Wimber, a geophysicist with Mobil Oil, on the dance floor in a local club frequented by oilfield seismic crews. They married and continued enjoying the ChaCha, Jive, Balboa, Foxtrot, Waltz, Square Dance, Jitterbug, and other couples dances until the late 1980s. Their daughter, Kathleen, was born in 1954 in Casper, WY. The Mobil Exploration Dept. then moved the family to four other towns in WY, two cities in ND and one city in MT. A move to Bogota, Colombia, in 1959 began the family's 17-year journey of international travel and cultural adventures. One year in Colombia was followed by: 7 years in Libya, North Africa; four years in Melbourne, Australia; and four years in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1976 they moved to Dallas, TX, before one more brief company assignment took them to China prior to retirement in 1986.

In 1963, while living in Libya, they purchased a sight-unseen Montana cabin on the Main Boulder River south of Big Timber where family and friends visited during stateside summer vacations. This mountain retreat is still in the family.

She began her artistic life while taking care of a husband and four children in Tripoli, Libya, in the early 1960s. Starting in oils, she painted Mediterranean seascapes and local Roman ruin scenes. Then she produced five sculptures of human forms. Next came water color art of irises, hollyhocks, and a myriad of boats on water, barns, adobe houses, and abstracts, resulting in 50+ finished pieces until she stopped in the mid-2000s because of physical limitations. She participated in several art shows and sold her works.

She always enjoyed reminiscing about the exciting experiences of living in and learning to adapt to the cultural differences required by the various countries where she was raising her family. She was always thankful for and in awe about how different her adult life was from her childhood of humble beginnings living through the Depression to her continually changing foreign circumstances.

A courageous and loving woman, she was generous with her heart and her time to family and friends. Her sweet, positive spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Always providing emotional and emotional support, her children agree that she was the best mother in the world.

Preceded in death by her husband Max; her eldest son, Stan; and her sister, Theresa. She is survived by her son, Alan Wray and wife, Rogann, of Garland, TX; two daughters, Mary Wray Brooks of Dallas, TX and Kathleen Ambuster and husband, Randy, of Elgin, TX; granddaughters, and Suzanne Baggs of Houston, TX, and Denise Wray of Idaho Falls, ID; great-granddaughter, Samantha; sister, Donna Sullivan of Iowa City, IA; and ten nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, September 22 at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Drive in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, you may donate in her name to the American Lung Association or the American Liver Foundation.