MOUNT CARMEL — Mary Fay Wyatt, 83, of Mt. Carmel, passed away June 29, 2019, at her residence.

Mary was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Charleston, Illinois, the eldest daughter of William and Helen Nora (McMillan) Ballard. On March 11, 1956, Mary married Bernard Wyatt at the First Christian Church in Lawrenceville, Illinois.

She was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ for over 60 years and a lifetime member of the Torchbearer Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Mary was a recognized local business owner reinventing the services provided through the years starting with a cabinet shop and building construction, with an expansion of the purchase of the present store location in 1973 to include a craft supply area, Western Union services, Radio Shack, to present day metal salvage recycling. Her greatest pride was learning to paint and ultimately teaching painting classes through Wabash Valley College and the many friendships she developed in Mt. Carmel. She will be missed by all.

Left to cherish Mary’s memory is her husband of 63 years, Bernard; children, Julie Love and her husband Dawson of Biloxi, Mississippi, Marvin Wyatt and his wife Stacy of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and Machel Reavill and fiancé Robert Jennings of Olney, Illinois; five grandchildren, Andrew Wyatt, Michael McCoy, Felica McCoy, Fachon (Corey) McDonald and Matthew Reavill; seven great-grandchildren, Abigail Zavala, Ethan McCoy, Levi McDonald, Aria McCoy, Alayna Swanson, Zoey McCafferty and Quinton McDonald; siblings, Beverly Barcroft of Sumner, Illinois and Cindy Weber of Olney, Illinois.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends and family may call on the family at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 8th and Market Streets, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.

Condolences may be made online at

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Mary’s family.

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