Mary Shuler


Mary Alice Shuler, 82, of Sylva went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.

A native and lifelong resident of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John and Beaulah Mae Mashburn Bost. Mary was a member of New Hope Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She loved reading her Bible, flowers, dolls, bingo and feeding her family. She was all about her family. She had a great sense of humor and was great at telling stories.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Bud Bost; one sister, Grace Melton; and a niece, Patty Bost.

Mary is survived her husband of 63 years, Donal Shuler; a daughter, Donna Kay Garcia of Sylva; and a son, Donal “Jody” Shuler, Jr. (Tammy) of Sylva. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Brandon Wilson, Jason Smith, Araceli Garcia, Cassie Shuler, Carrie Shuler and Carson Shuler (Kimberly); four great-grandchildren, Zeke Smith, Zoey Smith, Ace Smith and Adeline Shuler. One niece, Connie Painter, also survives.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Ernie Jamison, Mike Moore and Earl Holden presiding.

The family received friends from 2 until 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church

Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the New Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Don Shuler, 32 Old Field Cemetery Road, Sylva, NC 28779.

The family would like to give special thanks to each and every person at Skyland Care Center.