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Mary S. Fillingim, 1932-2023

Mary S. Fillingim of Lake Wales passed away Monday, May 22, 2023 at her residence.

She was born September 5, 1932 in Cadillac, Michigan to the late Eldon and Ellen Stroberg; she has been a resident of Lake Wales since 1945. Mary and her husband owned and operated Wayne's Plumbing for over 40 years where she was the secretary. She was a founding and active member of Lake Wales Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, Youth Group Leader, and founding board member for many years. She was a lifetime member and past matron of OES Chapter 107.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Fillingim; and daughter, Paula Alford. She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Brown and husband Jerry; son-in-law, Mark Alford; sister, Florence Dontje; grandchildren, Stephanie Vorous, Christina Vorous, Tammy Vorous, Daniel Alford, and David Alford; greatgrandchildren, Clara Alford, Noah Alford, William Noble, and Jazmine Arnold; and nephews, Greg Dontje and wife Bonnie, Darell Dontje and wife Jackie, Alan Dontje and wife Tami, and Doug Dontje and wife Bonnie.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary's honor can be made to the Lake Wales Lutheran Church (640 South Scenic Highway, Lake Wales 33853).


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