Ardeth “Ardy” Courdier Shreve Wise

January 15, 1919 - November 10, 2016
Ardeth “Ardy” Courdier Shreve Wise

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Ardeth “Ardy” Courdier Shreve Wise went to be with the Lord November 10, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Gaston Henry Courdier and Bertie Imler Courdier. She was a native of Pottstown, PA. She attended Cedar Crest College in Emmaus, PA, the University of New Mexico and Central State University of Oklahoma. In 1941, she married the late Dr. James D. Shreve of Lancaster, PA. In 1951, she and family moved to New Mexico where they resided for eighteen years and then to Oklahoma for thirteen years. While living in New Mexico she served for two terms as president of the Southwest Dairy Goat Association. In Edmond, Oklahoma, she founded and ran the Lost Animal Control Center. She was an ardent horsewoman and dog fancier. At the age of twelve, being small for her age, was a consternation to adult riders because of her equestrian skill at showing three and five gaited horses. In 1983 she married the late Robert David Wise. She was known as an artist, however, she was consumed with landscaping. Her greatest joy was that of being the caretaker for six years and creating the gardens of Four Seasons Compassion for Life Elizabeth House. Her most cherished compliment ever was that of a friend who said that now you are painting outside. She had great concern for the welfare of Indians, and was a charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian of Washington, DC. She is survived by her son, Timothy C. Shreve and wife Carina of Broken Arrow, OK; step-daughter, Sandra Wise Nagel and husband James, Jr. of California; step-daughter, Roberta Wise Harano and husband Randall of Idaho and nine grandchildren. A daughter, Amy Jo Ardeth Button died on February 24, 2004. A son, James Downs Shreve III died on December 30, 2009. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army, 239 3rd Ave. East, Hendersonville, NC 28792. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 15, in the chapel of Shuler Funeral Home.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016
2:00 PM

Shuler Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • November 13, 2016
    JonTom McKee says:
    Goodbye to an era... the last of a generation... people whom I called family. Gone are the Wylie's, Coleman's, Zimmerman's, Cattril's and Bob Wise. They were friend's of my grandparents and became my family. Ardy Wise has passed. She was an amazing lady who did so many things... a been there and done that woman! She lived and was one of those not well-behaved woman who made the world a better place. To know a comment my wife said to her over 10 yrs ago, was a cherrished compliment makes my heart swell. I was lucky to know Ardy Wise! I will miss her glow and the way she loved life! All the big rocks in the world remind me of her... now that is an Ardy rock!

  • November 13, 2016
    Mary Jo McKee says:
    As the Mother of Jon Tom McKee, Mary Jo McKee, I want to echo his thoughts. Artie was a very special person to me and my deceased husband Tom. Always visited her and Bob when we came to visit Tom's folks, Mark and Helen McKee. I have kept in touch with Artie over the years and visited with her frequently at Lake Point Landing. She will be deeply missed.

  • November 28, 2016
    Libby Gibson says:
    Ardy was a special person to everyone she met. I just learned of her passing and it brings tears to my eyes as I write this. God surely needed another "angel" in Heaven. There is no doubt in my mind that Ardy is in Heaven today. I will miss her. Everyone who knew her, was blessed while she was on earth. I only hope that I can be more like Ardy. I know that her family must realize that she meant so much to everyone who knew her.