Mary Wallace Wacker


Mary Wallace Wacker died Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997 at her home in Emory.
She was a native of Screven County, Ga., where she was educated in the public schools, was a member of Sylvania Methodist Church and was active in Emory United Methodist Church.
She held an undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern, Ala., and a master's degree from Longwood College. She had a career as an educator which included service in Florida, Alabama and Tennessee before moving to Virginia where she taught at Longwood College Campus School and most recently for 13 years taught in Washington County at Hayter's Gap and Greendale Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Wacker was a member of WCEA, VEA and NEA. She served as a former board member of Abingdon/Washington County Community Services Center Inc., and was a member of the Abingdon Day Care Advisory Board.
She was instrumental in organizing and served as president of the local chapter (Highlands) of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She was a mentor teacher for the Emory & Henry teacher preparation program. The Mary Wallace Wacker Scholarship at Emory & Henry was established by persons familiar with her commitment to teaching.
In 1995, Mrs. Wacker received the Emory & Henry College Football 12th Man Award.
Survivors include her husband, Louis A. "Lou" Wacker; two sons, Charles A. Elmore, Tallahassee, Fla., and John E. Elmore, Athens, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Bruce E. Wacker, Richmond, and Kristen L. Kraus, Durham, N.C.; one stepson, L. Alexander Wacker III, Richmond; her mother, Mary T. Hollingsworth, Sylvania, Ga.; two brothers, L. Edward Hollingsworth, Jackson, Miss., and John C. Hollingsworth IV, Nashville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Martha Holly and Shelby Elmore; two step-grandchildren, Anna E. Whitehead and Adele U. Kraus; two nieces, Leslie K. Hollingsworth and Katherine Hollingsworth; one nephew, John Michael Hollingsworth.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Memorial Chapel at Emory & Henry College with the Rev. John Bardsley, the Rev. Kathie ParkerWilson and the Rev. David St. Clair officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 12, in Screven County Memorial Cemetery, Sylvania, Ga.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Wallace Wacker Scholarship, designated for distinguished students in elementary education at Emory & Henry College, P.O. Box 947, Emory, VA 24327.
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

(Daughter of John C. of John C. of John C. of Isaac of John of Valentine of Stephen of Henry of Valentine)

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