Mary Patricia “Pat” Stember Wampler, of Tipp City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 27, 2017. She was born on September 20, 1935 in Columbus, OH. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Phillip Wampler, her children “Chip” Phillip Wampler II of Troy, Jeffrey (Sharon) Wampler of Tipp City, John (Trina) Wampler of Tipp City, Michael (Joee) Wampler of San Francisco, Susan (Kevin) Ahrens of Versailles, and Christopher (Holly) Wampler of Burbank, CA; Brothers Lawrence Stember of Columbus, David (Shar) Stember of Columbus, and Sister-in-Law Patti Stember of Portland Oregon; and grandchildren Tyler (Danielle) & Travis (Haley) Steinke, Calvin & Paige Wampler, Amber Wampler, Haylie Wampler, Bryant (Angie), Bethany, Jacob, Kyle, A.J. and Justin Ahrens, and Carrie, Phillip and Christina “Cricket” Wampler, along with 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother John Stember, and her son Mark Wampler.
Raised in Columbus, graduated from St. Mary of the Springs and was a proud alumni of The Ohio State University, School of Nursing, where she was a Pi Beta Phi and earned a Varsity ‘O’ for her basketball skills. Moving to Tipp City in 1958, she stayed at home to raise her 7 children. Soon thereafter, she returned to Nursing and helped establish the Registered Nursing Program at Edison State Community College, where she was a mainstay for 17 years. She then obtained a Masters degree in Nursing from Wright State University. In addition, she was an active and tireless supporter of her Tipp City community and schools, running for School Board in 1976 and serving for 32 years. She served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Upper Valley Medical Center (20 years), Miami County YMCA and Tipp City Parks. She was humbled in 2000, when she was bestowed the honor of Tipp City Citizen of the Year, making her and Phil the first married couple to both receive the honor. An avid sports fan, she and Husband Phil were seen at innumerable little league, high school, college, and community sporting events through the years, with or without family members participating; they loved the excitement of the games, matches and events. They were recognized by the OHSAA for their dedication and support, and the Tippecanoe Schools acknowledged her contributions and passion, by dedicating the Pat Wampler Gymnasium in her honor at Tippecanoe High School in 2012.
Pat valued her many, many friends and impacted more lives than we can count or remember, with her tireless encouragement, passionate support, and fierce drive. She broke through numerous glass ceilings in her pursuit of excellence and never knew the meaning of the word “can’t”. Her legacy will live on. Visitation 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 753 S. Hyatt St., Tipp City, OH and one hour prior to the mass on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the church; Father R. Marc Sherlock, Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Tipp City. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, OH 45371. Online condolences may be expressed at www.fringsandbayliff.com Contributions may be made in loving memory of Pat to the Tipp Pride Association (Stadium Fund), or Hospice of Miami County.