Mary Jane Wheatley Ehlich, 77, of Covington, died Aug. 20, 2014, at her home.
She was the devoted wife of William (Bill) J. Ehlich for 59 wonderful years.
She was born Jan. 10, 1937, in Blossburg, the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Brent Wheatley.
Mary Jane lived in Covington until she met her husband, who was in town on leave from the Navy.
They moved to Detroit, Mich., Louisville, Ky., and Charlotte, N.C., where she had a highly successful career with Squires Construction Company.
After retirement, they moved back to her family homestead where they took pleasure rekindling old friendships and making many new. Restoring and adding to the family home also was such a joy.
Mary Jane's love, second only to her family was quilting. She was an award winning hand-quilter who mastered the art of needle turn applique. She was a member of the Charlotte Quilters Guild before returning to Covington and co-founding the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Wellsboro.
Mary Jane shared her talents and gifts willingly and mentored the Tuesday Quilters who have developed formidable applique skills under her tutelage.
Her legacy includes a prodigious collection of heirloom quilts that will be treasured for generations to come.
She and Bill also enjoyed traveling with the Lions Club, which took them to many faraway places.
In addition to her husband, survivors include: two sons- and daughters-in-law, Mark Ehlich and his wife, Susan, of Locust, N.C., and Scott Ehlich and his wife, Diana, of Forest, Va. Grandchildren include William Ehlich and Matthew Gladdan; Ashly Eudy and her husband Josh; and two great-grandchildren, August and Zain.
Also surviving is one brother, George Wheatley, of Covington; niece, Patsy Evans and husband, Brad.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Wilston Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield. A memorial service will follow there at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Mary Jane's memory may be made to Blossburg Ambulance 524 Main St. Blossburg, PA 16912.