FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Millie B. Wentz, of Fayetteville, 97, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at Butterfield Trail Village.
She was born May 22, 1915, at Elkins, AR, daughter of Ezra and Fannie Carrigan.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and one granddaughter.
She is survived by three children, Dr. Robert M. Wentz and wife, Judy of Union, S.C., Dr. Gerry Ann McGowen and husband John of Tacoma, WA, Jo Wilson and husband Steve N. of Northfork, AR; sisters, Rada M. Carter of Elkins, Jean Carrigan and Nell Greenquist of Butterfield Trail Village; grandchildren, Merritt Wentz and wife Lucy of Lockhart, S.C., Susan Wentz of Union, S.C., Billy Jack Wentz and wife Allyson of Jonesville, S.C.; Patrick Wentz and wife Beth of Lockhart, S.C., John Henry McGowen and wife Jennifer, of Hinsdale, IL, Pam Wiewel and husband Doug of Quincy, IL, Stephanie Wilson-Scott and husband Paul of Fayetteville, and Josh Wilson of Fayetteville. She leaves behind 16 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Millie spent her early years in Elkins and graduated from high school at 16 years of age. She immediately started working at the canning factory in Elkins and worked her entire life into her eighties. She married Merritt R. Wentz and helped him start a building supply business in Fort Smith, AR, where they raised their three children. She also was office manager for Ark-Homa Frozen Foods. When that business was sold she started a new career as a nursing home administrator and worked for Medi-Homes in Fort Smith and later in Prairie Grove. She moved to Butterfield Trail Village in 1996 while continuing to work in Prairie Grove until her hip broke when walking down Walton Arena steps to a basketball game and she had to have her hip replaced.
In her Fort Smith years she was an avid bowler and made many fun trips to the Women’s National Bowling Tournaments. She bowled in a women’s pro-am tournament coming in first place with her pro bowler and won $500.
She was a member of Business and Professional Women’s Club and the League of Women Voters. Millie was a lifelong Methodist and is currently a member of Sequoyah United Methodist Church. She was a lifelong Razorback fan and season ticket holder, attending games into her nineties.
Being a child of the depression era, Millie had a strong work ethic which she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She was the ultimate supporter of all family activities and joyfully attended graduations, weddings, baptisms, sporting events, dance recitals, etc. until her health made it impossible. She last attended a soccer match cheering on great-grandson Rowe in October 2012.
This loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend will be missed by many.
A memorial service was held by the family Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Butterfield Trail Village Convocation Room with Reverend Merritt Wentz presiding.
Memorials may be made to Duncan Acres UMC Food Pantry P.O. Box 216 Union, S.C. 29379
Online condolences: www.beardsfuneralchapel.com