“She made Martha Stewart look like an amateur,” said Jessica Tucker, 38, a Mary Kay consultant and Wooler’s sister-in-law. “What Terrie could do with corn husks and pipecleaners would take your breath away.”
Annie “Pickles” Hogg, 29, a teacher’s assistant at Kissimicoochee Elementary School, echoed that sentiment. “When Mrs. Wooler built a diorama of the Battle of Atlanta with cupcakes last fall, it was a feast for the eyes, and when you bit into one, you heard angels sing. Her death is a tragedy for the community and the art and cupcake world.”
Wooler had embraced bow-making for the 2012 holiday season and had challenged Amelia Rathburn, 34, an interior designer in neighboring Opossum Butt, Georgia, she spent hours perfecting her bow-making techiques on her Acme Bow-O-Matic.
“She mastered the Holy Berry, the Frosty Twist, and the Angel o’ the Lord Mohawk,” said Randy Wooler, 37, a construction foreman and Wooler’s widower. “She was determined to perfect the Blessed Virgin Half-Nelson before Amelia did–or die trying, she said.”
On the afternoon of Wednesday, December 5, Wooler’s twin girls, Mindy and Molly, both 8, came home from school and found their mother blue and unconscious, with a perfect Blessed Virgin Half-Nelson tied around her neck.
According to Dusty Decker, 52, Kissimicoochee’s Coroner, Wooler most likely accidentally managed to get the ribbon wrapped around her slender neck while working on the bow. He was able to saw Wooler’s head off and reattach it without compromising the integrity of the bow. “We’re going to have to have a closed casket funeral, now,” said her husband. “But Terrie would have wanted it that way.”
When asked for a comment, Wooler’s rival, Rathburn, said. “This tragedy never should have happened. To honor Terrie, I will never make another bow again, with or without an Acme Bow-O-Matic.”