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Obituary for Jody Ann Wheelwright

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Jody Ann Wheelwright

June 11, 1975 - January 12, 2012

Jody Ann Wheelwright McMillan Chachas, 36, passed away suddenly January 12, 2012 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was born June 11, 1975 in Ogden, Utah, the fourth of five children born to Lew and Roberta Wheelwright. She graduated from Bonneville High School in 1993, and attended the University of Phoenix. She married twice, once to Cole McMillan and later to Nick Chachas. Although later divorced, they remained good friends. Jody was blessed with three children: Jordynn, 19; Chayse, 13; and Basil, 7. They were the light of her life. Jody had a passion for life and living that was contagious to those around her. One did not need to know Jody for very long before being swept up into her life’s story. She made friends easily with people from all walks of life, and had a talent for being the center of attention. She possessed a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh with her stories. Life was an adventure that needed to be explored, and she was not afraid. In her short life, Jody excelled at many things including snow skiing, scuba diving, river rafting, water sports, cooking, and home decorating. She loved Halloween and was well-known for her neighborhood Halloween costume parties. Jody knew her own mind, and worked hard to support her children. Even in hard times, she always had plans for the future. She loved new beginnings.Her bright, fun-loving spirit will be forever in our hearts. Jody is survived by her children, Jordynn, Chayse, and Basil; parents, Lew and Roberta Wheelwright; siblings Troy (Barbara) Wheelwright, Jeffery (Cheyney) Wheelwright, Kristn (Blake) Hall, and Lori (Ryan) Bosley; grandparents Ralph and Louise Bearce; and eight nieces and four nephews.A celebration of life open house will be held at the LDS chapel at 6350 South Combe Road in Ogden, Utah. Friends and family may visit from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, and from 10 – 11 a.m. on Friday, January 20. Memorial services will be held immediately afterward at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Cremation under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Friday, January 20, 2012

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Timeline for Jody Ann Wheelwright

Born: June 11, 1975
Died: January 12, 2012

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Rob H. posted on 1/24/12

I knew Jody for two short years but came to know and love her. She was always happy and made everyone feel comfortable that was around her. I was one of the last people to talk to her before she died. She seemed happy and we made plans for dinner on Thursday. I really enjoyed our time together and will miss her dearly! She was always excited about life and living it to the fullest. My sincere condolences to her kids and her family. She was always talking about her dad and how wonderful he was.


Rebbi Burdett posted on 1/20/12

Jody was always perpetually happy! I always admired that about her! She will be greatly missed.


Danna posted on 1/20/12

I thank God i had the pleasure of knowing such a beautiful, loving and caring person, inside and out! Jody was my friend, my roommate, my co-worker. She came into my life with such a brilliant radiance about her, and that kind of brightness can never fade. She will always be with me and my two youngest sons, whom loved, trusted and confided in her. Motherhood came natural to her, she made it look so easy, as she did with so many things. She loved her children, talk of them, their status and their events often. She loved being around all children. Bonded easily with them. Looking back, i say its because she never lost her own inner child. She never stopped being that "cheer leader" esoterically as well as exoterically. As her roommate, ill say, she was as social as the butterflies we had decorated in her room. She was a fire cracker, a fun loving "goof", loved being goofy with her friends. One in mind, was dancing to "GREASE" the sound track in the middle of the night, using wooden spoons as microphones. She loved her friends. Love making plans with everyone of us, it didn't matter the time the day, the event, she'd make one up. She was a girly, girl. A "Daddy's little girl". She never stopped looking for "that guy" you know, the one just like her Daddy. She loved her family dearly. As well as her friends. Treated everyone of us as an important gem in her life. Everyone knew when they were a friend of hers, and we were all one of her friends. Friends forever. I love you Jody, my love, my friend for 10,000 yrs


Shanna yoder posted on 1/19/12

I just wanted to let all of you know how much I always admired Jody, she was my best friend in elementary school and I was a shy little girl and when I met Jody she helped me to come out of my shell and laugh at myself. I always admired her love of life and fun, I wanted to be just like her. I have to say I admired all of the Wheelwright family and still do, you all are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you all know she is in a much happier place now and loves you all so much. I'm so sorry for your pain and wish I could take it away.


Carrie Brown posted on 1/19/12

I went to high school with Jody. Jody was a wonderful bright happy person. She was always so fun to be around and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


Marianne Ross Grantham Jerome posted on 1/19/12

Jody was a ray of sunshine! She beamed her light in our home on Woodland Drive. She was a loyal friend to my daughter Tonya. She was loved by all of our family. Her beautiful family gave my daughter a wedding shower as Jody was my daughters' maid of honor. Her oldest Jordyn was the most beautiful, precious flower girl with my grandson the ring bearer. I overheard my daughter and Jody planning and giggling over the kids future. Precious moments of love and laughter. My heart goes out to all of you. Jody touched our lives in a positive way and she will be dearly missed.


Ronald Tibbitts posted on 1/19/12

Jordynn, Chayse, Basil; Lew and Roberta Wheelwright; Troy (Barbara) Wheelwright, Jeffery (Cheyney) Wheelwright, Kristn (Blake) Hall, (Ryan) Bosley; Ralph and Louise Bearce; nieces and nephews. I feel the sadness of your loss. I know it is hard when our loved ones go anytime but it is so much harder when they are too young and when they go suddenly. I send my love and prayers. I know she is happy where she is and she wants you to be happy. I pray the Lord will strengthen you. May His Spirit increase your understanding and your love. Love Ron


Jennifer Gaumond posted on 1/19/12

Lew, Roberta and Family,How do you convey a thought of sorrow and prayer to a family that has lost a child, a sibling, a mother and a friend? My heart is breaking for you all and pray for peace, happy memories along with the sad memories and wish for moments of thoughtful renderings of Jody's amazing life. I am so sad for your loss and if any of you need to just talk, I am here. Call me night or day. Jennifer, Ed, Sean and Justin Gaumond, Colorado Springs, Co


Cammi Vanderbeek posted on 1/19/12

My heart was broken when I heard of your passing. I will be forever grateful for the years of friendship we shared! Lake Powell with your family, Flaming Gorge with mine, FAST rides in your passenger's seat, exercising on the hill, late night talks, fun with friends and the innumerable times you made me laugh and smile. I will never forget the last time I saw you . . . we were able to pick up right where we left off years before! You were an amazing person . . . full of life, passion, hopes and dreams. I swear you LIVED more during your short 36 years than many of us will during an entire lifetime. I pray that you are in a happy place where you will be able to watch your children as their lives unfold . . . You told me how much you loved them and how proud of them you were! I also pray that your family will find peace and be able to heal from this devastating loss . . . especially your dad . . . I know you were close and that he loved you very much! God bless you and your children and family during this difficult time. I will always love you!