Mary Louise Wafer (age 60) was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 10th1959 to the parentage of the late James Wafer, Sr. and Effie R. Wafer (Watson). Mary transitioned to glory on April 20th 2020 at Miami Valley North Hospital.
Mary was born with Cerebral Palsy at birth due to a lack of oxygen to her brain. During her youth, Mary often asked God, why me, why was I born this way? But one day, Mary was watching a Christian program when she noticed a young evangelist who had no legs and no arms, but he traveled the world preaching the gospel of Christ and testifying how he loved life and didn’t allow his disability to define him. From that day forth, Mary’s ministry was to have a smile on her face and joy in her heart. Mary was a present light in every environment she occupied. If you
saw Mary looking solemn or sad, she was feeling really bad, but she would still try to muster up a smile.
Even though Mary had limited mobility she was a miracle child. The doctors said Mary would be a rag doll, she would never sit up, eat regular food or speak. But when the doctors say no, God says Yes. Our Mom received, in her spirit, God-given therapeutic strategies to implement into Mary’s daily routine. To everyone’s surprise, Mary formed her first word, sat up on her own and ate solid foods.
Later in life, Mary attended Gorman School for children with disabilities, worked at a couple of different workshops, including Easter Seals and Northview. Mary participated in the Special Olympics, where she received several trophies and ribbons. Mary made several trips to Myrtle Beach and participated in summer camp every year until she aged out. Mary was a go getter. All someone had to say was we’re going to an event, Mary’s face would light up and she’d say, “I wanna go”.
Mary accepted Christ at a young age and was a long-time member at Revival Center Ministries, under Pastors Paul and Marva Mitchell. She also visited Maranatha Worship Center, with Pastors, Bishop. Truman L. and Dr. Beverly Martin. Mary was a resident of Stillwater Center where she was happy with the facility and the staff. The family sends much love and appreciation to Stillwater and Northview for the excellent care they extended to Mary.
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