Mary Martha “Mim” Whelan, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at her son’s home to begin her new everlasting journey with God. Mim was born Feb. 17, 1928, in Allegheny County, Pa., the daughter of George and Mary Hlavaty.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert, the love of her life.

Mim worked for Mellon National Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa., until her retirement. Mim was a snowbird in her later years, but moved here permanently 11 years ago to be with family. She was a loving, caring person who was always willing to share with others, especially her cooking and homemade soups. She was an avid animal lover and especially loved to spoil her felines.

She is survived by her son, Robert, of Moravian Falls.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her caregivers, Sandra and Sue, who showed such loving care over the past four years. Also, thanks are given to the aides (Courtney, Jessica, Lynn and Sally), nurses (Rhiannon) and staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for providing her with exceptional care and service. The compassion shown by all can never be repaid.

Funeral services and burial will be in Pittsburgh, Pa. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at St. John de la Salle Catholic Church in North Wilkesboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 688 North Bridge Street, Elkin, N.C. 28621 or to the Humane Society of Wilkes, P.O. Box 306, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Recommended for you