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Mary Coyle Wilhite

May 29, 1961 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old

Mary Wilhite Obituary

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God.”  Matthew 5:8

Mary Coyle Wilhite born May 29, 1961 in Baltimore Md.

Mary graduated from Towson State University in 1983 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and Business.  She passed her CPA examination (first try) and worked as an accountant for Black and Decker, McCormick, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, and others.  After moving to Huntsville and having two boys, Mary eventually opened her own CPA firm, Wilhite and Associates, LLC, earning her MBA from The University of Alabama in Huntsville along the way.  

Mary is survived by her mother, Helen Sushinsky Coyle (of Baltimore, MD), her two brothers, Richard Foley Coyle (of Columbia, MD) and Patrick Thomas Coyle (of Washington D.C.), her three children, Jamie Gylan (Baltimore), Richard Matthew Sneeringer (Huntsville), and Samuel Thomas Sneeringer (Huntsville), and her grandson Luke Gylan (Baltimore).   

Mary is pre-deceased by her father, Richard Foley Coyle and her sister, Kathleen Coyle Hicks.

Mary was a ray of sunshine.  She was always smiling, happy, she looked people straight in the eye and made connections with them.  Anyone, everyone, was important to her; she worried about the checkout lady at the grocery store who had a band-aid on her finger as well as the friend who calls up frantic or crying.  Mary cared for the people around her.  She was always asking, “may I get you anything,” “do you need a hand?”   But her favorite thing was giving someone a gift.  It didn’t really matter who it was or if it cost $2 or $200, she just liked to give somebody something and watch their face light up.   

Mary loved animals, all kinds.  Her dream job would have been as a veterinarian, but that wasn’t to be.  So instead she had a steady stream of creatures live in her house including turtles, chinchillas, chameleons, hedgehogs, lizards, snakes, squirrels, and on and on.  Her last dog, Jesse, was a dear friend who stayed by her side all through her illness.

As her husband I got to enjoy her presence for more than 20 years.  It was fantastic.  I will miss her terribly, I do miss her terribly, but I can’t think of her too long before I find myself smiling.  She had that effect on me.  

Mary’s faith was strong.  She was never afraid of death because she knew she was going to heaven.  The parting gift Mary wants to give to you is that same confidence.  And to her it’s a simple truth: Accept Jesus as your savior and the kingdom of heaven is yours.

Mary’s heart always went out to children, she would giggle at their laughter and delight in their honesty.  She hurt for children who lack the basics like family or food.  If you want to leave a memorial please do so for a group of your choice, or if you want a suggestion, perhaps Save the Children or Unicef.

Mary’s memorial service will be on Friday, December 8, at 2:00 PM at Rivertree Church, 625 Taylor Rd. Owens Cross Roads, AL  35763.  Visitation begins at 1:30. 

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December 8, 2023

1:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Rivertree Church (Taylor Rd)

December 8, 2023

2:00 PM
Rivertree Church (Taylor Rd)


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