In Memory

Mary Ann Slater (Wieland)

Mary Ann Slater Wieland, 68, of Victoria, died Monday, May 18, 2009, after a long battle with a major illness.  Mary Ann was born April 10, 1941 in Hebbronville to the late Virgie Hatfield Slater and Henry William "Hank" Slater.  She attended cosmetology school at Victoria Beauty College, and was an excellent beautician among the beauty shops in this area.  She loved working beside her husband Bill while tending to the cattle and gardening.  She was also a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Mother Church) in Boston.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Wieland; brother Bob Slater; and her special niece and family, Debbie and Duane Breeden and their sons. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William Carroll "Bill" Slater.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Victoria Fire Dept. Trust & Agency Account or the Raisin Vol. Fire Dept.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20 at Rosewood Funeral Chapel.


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05/29/09 02:58 PM #1    

Peggy Ann Birmingham (Warren)

Mary Ann and I shared many good times in high school. I practically lived in her home and her family just adopted me I guess. Mary Ann had a little Nash Rambler and the wheels where always out of balance so if you went 35mph, it would shimmy something awful. My late husband use to spot us on "the boulevard" coming in from Foster Field because he could see the car shaking from a distance. Also I had perfect attendance and took a lot of pride receiving that award. Mary Ann had picked me up for school and in route the gear shift came right off the dash in her hand. We managed to get over to the side of the road and then had to walk the rest of the way to school. Mrs. Vickers was waiting for us with her arms folded the way she always did when she suspected we were going to try and pull her leg. I told her why we were late and showed her the broken gear shift and she said, "sorry girls but a tardy is a tardy" and that took care of that perfect attendance. Well after pouting a day or so, my friends Gail Barnett,Pat Jacob and Pat Lee I think went to our lockers that morning and everyone saw us. Like dummies we just turned around walked out to Gail's car and headed to the beach. I think only one of us got caught but we sure had a good time at the beach. Mary Ann had a great talent in bookkeeping and both of us were perfectionist when it came to doing our balance sheets. She became a beauty operator and was a very good one. She will be missed by all that knew her. Peggy Birmingham Warren

05/29/09 06:08 PM #2    

Thomas D. (Tom) Baugh

I had been hoping to see Mary Ann at this years 50th reunion and was disappointed when she wasn't there. Mary Ann was my frist girl friend and my first date (if you could call it a date) my dad drove us down to the El Rancho and dropped us off for a Saturday Matinee (a Roy Rogers double feature) we were six years old and in the first grade. We laughed about that "date" at a reunion many years later ... she was a great lady ... and I miss her already ... Tom

06/22/09 06:02 AM #3    

Mike Abernathey

Mary Ann and I grew up a block from one another. We were close friends and when we were all but 7 years old, she would come over to my house and we would play "house" in the playhouse in my back yard. We played "house' for many years. I also remember her and her family raised an orphaned deer fawn in their back yard. That deer, appropriately named "Bambi", was a part of all of us in the neighborhood. It was a sad day for all when we released it into the wild. We had lost a pet.

06/23/09 02:55 PM #4    

Gail "Abbe" Barnett (Talbot)

Mary Ann and I became best friends as sophomores at the "old" Victoria High School. She got me through Algebra by giving me answers in sign language. I dated her brother Bobby and was heartbroken when he "dumped" me for a "younger" woman. Mary Ann's mom did my hair for my wedding, so I know Mary Ann must have been terrific at her job as it "ran" in the family. I think of her, Peggy, Pat Jacobs, and Pat Lee and I riding in that crazy Nash rambler that would shake you to death when the front wheels started jumping. She was always turning the key off to make it backfire while we were riding down the road.

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