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Obituary for Shirley Kathleen Wheeler

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Shirley Kathleen Wheeler

August 9, 1926 - December 12, 2013

Shirley Kathleen Wheeler, 87, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on December 12, 2013. She was born August 9, 1926 to Joseph B. Williams and Dora I. Marler in her Aunt Mamie’s house in Ogden. She was one of eleven children, several of whom died in infancy. Shirley’s father, Joe, died of pneumonia when she was just eight months old. Shirley’s mother, Dora, was a well known artist in the Ogden area. Dora was a single parent who lived on a shoestring and did all she could for her children.

Shirley attended Ogden City Schools; however, she quit to help care for her family. She worked in North Ogden at the Chick-Chick Inn, “the cleaners”, as well as Walgreens, where she met her first husband Toyer H. Harper. They were married in Feb 1947 and had three children; Toyetta, Guy, and Wally.  They divorced in 1952. Shirley’s cousin introduced her to Sherman L. Wheeler (deceased); they were married Dec 23, 1953 and had four more kids; Robin, Billy, Jody, and Becky.

Shirley was an avid movie lover and would spend only five cents to see a double feature. She spent a lot of time with her cousin Jean. They would take pictures of each other on park benches, posing as Hollywood starlets. She could name every movie star from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Even in her last days she wanted to watch movies. When asked what she would buy if she won the lottery, she replied, “I would have bought a movie theater!”

Shirley loved her Taster’s Choice coffee and attributed it to her long life, along with DHEA!

She was very blessed with seven children, and as a result, her home was always filled with the children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was her family and she attended every function she possibly could.

She was preceded in death by her parents, eleven brothers and sisters, and her spouse. Shirley is survived by her children: Toyetta Jolley (Ogden, UT), Guy Harper (Douglas, WY), Wally Harper (West Valley City, UT), Robin (Ted) Tenbrink (Gibbonsville, ID), Billy Wheeler (Ogden, UT), Jody Wheeler (Ogden, UT), and Becky Wheeler (Ogden, UT) as well as twenty grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

We appreciate the care provided to our dear mother by AFI Hospice.

Services will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT. The viewing will be held Tuesday, December 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the mortuary.

Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park.



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: August 9, 1926
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wally posted on 1/16/14

Thank you mother for fighting the good fight for all seven of your kids. Your last breath here was your first there in our Saviors Kingdom, Rest well and wait for us and know how proud we are of what you did here on earth...We love you mom..


Marlene (Blodgett) Brown posted on 1/3/14

I wish to express my deepest condolences to Shirley's family. I've always loved my Aunt Shirley and feel such a loss with her passing. She was so dear to my heart and was always like a sister to me. Shirley filled my life with such joy and happiness ever since I was a young girl. She would come over to our house and we'd play games on the front lawn ~ she'd hold hands with me, brother Mark, sisters Jean and Louise, and we'd play Ring Around the Rosie, All Fall Down" and when we fell down, Aunt Shirley would laugh and laugh. We had such fun. As I was double jointed, Shirley would hold her hand behind my back, and I would do a complete back flip on the lawn, and her and my sisters and Mark would always gasp in amazement. We'd all sit on the front lawn looking for four leaf clovers, so we'd have good luck, and of course we would give any we found to my Mom, Alice (Shirley's oldest sister), or to Gramma Dora Williams, Shirley's Mom. They in turn would press them in books. When Shirley and my sister Jean both got jobs, they moved into an apartment together, in Ogden. They loved going to Walgreens Drug Store on 25th and Washington Boulevard and flirt with guys. Just being downtown with those two was always fun. Aunt Shirley loved movie stars, so her, my sisters Jean and Louise, and me, would go to the movies often. They would go up to the Lobby and flirt with the ushers, and as I was seven years younger, they'd leave me behind and all alone. I'd get scared and sneak up to the Lobby, and as soon as they saw me, they'd buy me a bag of popcorn to get me to go back to my seat. Aunt Shirley was so beautiful, inside and out, with such a wonderful personality. She was always laughing and smiling. She could have been a movie star ~ she was so beautiful. She always gave of herself. When I would visit with her, she would always serve me her favorite coffee and donuts or cakes. We were able to visit with her sister Rubie a lot, and got together for birthdays and Christmas, and we'd exchange gifts. Shirley and Aunt Rubie liked to take me to the Rainbow Gardens Café and buy my lunch. We would sit and talk of the "olden days" when we were kids, growing up in Ogden, and we'd laugh and joke. I'll never forget our fun times together. Aunt Rubie always teased us and would say, "lets go cruise the Boulevard". Shirley and my brother Junior were the same age, so they always teased each other, how Shirley could be Junior's Aunt. He would say, "you can't be my Aunt, cause I'm older than you" .. and then Aunt Shirley would put her hands on her hips and say, "well too bad cause I am your Aunt" ~ then she'd take off running and laughing and laughing. Aunt Shirley will be in my heart forever. I cherish all the wonderful fun times I had with her, and will never forget her. I know Gramma Williams has opened her arms to Shirley, and I can hear her saying "all my children are finally with me now and at peace". My Mom (Alice Henderson, Blodgett) is smiling to have you with her again Aunt Shirley. May you all shine in Heaven. I love you dearly Shirley, and you will always be a sister to me. Love, Marlene


Mark Blodgett posted on 12/22/13

Sheila and I send Aunt Shirley's family our deepest condolences. My sister Marlene Brown (Blodgett) was able to attend the services and relayed to me how beautiful they were, and I can only say "Thank You" for all of your efforts to make my Aunt's send off such a lovely one indeed. Aunt Shirley was one of the brightest stars in my life ~ from the time I was knee high to a grasshopper ~ to my last visit with her in 2007. I remember so vividly when she would come to my house during the war years, and team up with my sister Jean, and sometimes Louise, and off they'd go to downtown Ogden to get into some mischief. They would sometimes even venture down 25th street, at night, when in those days, most people would only go down there on a dare! Although I had 3 sisters, Aunt Shirley fit right in there amongst them ~ there was never a divide between families, as Gramma William's children were so close to us in age, that it always seemed as though we were all brothers and sisters. Shirley was so much a part of my life ~ especially before I joined the Navy and went sailing off to distant shores. So I missed a good part of those years and am sorry I wasn't around more, because Shirley was always good medicine for anyone who had time to stop and say hello. Aunt Shirley would always have the welcome matt out, and was forever cheerful, full of life and joy, and it was such a wonderful pleasure to be in her company. Sheila and I would never miss a chance to visit with her when we travelled to Ogden ~ and the wonderful thing about our visits was we knew we were so loved in return. A very bright star has left Earth, and is now shining brightly in Heaven. Sheila and I love you dearly Aunt Shirley,


Dennis Chamberlain posted on 12/18/13

Dear Aunt Shirley: My earliest recollection was of you and your Mom (my Grandmother), Dora Williams living with us, (my Mom Rubie and the Barker Family), in Old North Ogden during World War II. Your Brothers Marler and Hugh were overseas fighting for our freedoms in the military. I remember you helping to tend my Brother Robert and myself and assisting my Mom Rubie Barker. I remember Hugh and Marler coming home at the end of the war and showing up at our house the same night together. Hugh from Europe and Marler from New Guinea (South Pacific). Incredible right? I remember my Cousin (your second Son), Wally, around age 1 sitting on the floor of my Sisters bedroom, not being able to walk yet, but talking a mile a minute. I didn't realize until recently that as a young Woman you worked at the Old Walgreens in Ogden on 25th Street and Washington Blvd. I'm wondering if my Father,(Vance Chamberlain), who was the Cafe Manager hired you to work there? Shirley, your leaving us has left a big void that no one else has the capacity to fill or replace with your humor, joking and unfailing love and caring for everyone. Thank you for being a very important part of my life and the lives of many, many others. Both family, friends and even unknown pleasantly surprized strangers. I will never forget the love and devotion you had for your own sweet family, as well as your dear Mom Dora, (MY Grandmother), and my own family especially my own Mother Rubie Barker. You were always there for all of us whenever we needed you. Thank you Aunt Shirley, I send you my love and best wishes always. I send my most sincere prayers, condolences and sympathies to your family for allowing us all to be a part of your life. Love always, your Nephew, Dennis Chamberlain 12-18-2013


Dianne Butler posted on 12/18/13

Toyetta & family so sorry to hear about Aunt Shirley's passing. She will be missed by so many she was a wonderful lady and I'm so sorry I didn't get to see her when we were down. She had such a neat sense of humor. I remember her laugh and her smile and how beautiful her hair was.


Mandy Fenn posted on 12/18/13

Because of her I have the most beautiful mother in the world Because of her I have six of the most loving aunts and uncles in the world Because of her I have nineteen wonderful cousins and twenty lil ones Because of Her I have a great family made with love Thank you Grandma


Justine posted on 12/17/13

My Dearest Jody and Becky, So very sorry to here about Shirley. What an a amazing woman who led such an exemplary life. She was also such a joy to be around. I loved being at your house as teenagers. She always made us all feel welcome even when there were way too many screaming girls running around. She always had home made cookies and your house always smelled so amazing. I am sure your dad is so very happy to have her back with him. I love you both so very much and if you need anything I am just a phone call away. Love, Justine


Howard posted on 12/16/13

Angie, So sorry to hear about your Grandma. I know it is especially difficult at this time of year as I lost my Dad on 9 Dec 89. Be thankful for having her as long as you did and always remember we will all be together someday in a better place. God Bless You and your Family Howard


Darla Hanney posted on 12/16/13

I am so sorry for your loss and hope you find peace in knowing she is no longer suffering. Shirley was always so loving and kind, and a beautiful light in my life for the brief time I had the privilege of knowing her. She truly cared about all of the people in her life, was so thoughtful and giving, and will be dearly missed.


THE 12TH STREET PHARMACY posted on 12/16/13

We share yor sorrow. Even though Shirley left our family here at the pharmacy several years ago, We always cherished the times shared with her. May she rest in peace, We'll always love her.


Whitni and Raya Payne posted on 12/14/13

She was an amazing lady.. took me and Raya in like we were part of the family.. she will be misses dearly.. they don't make grandma's like her anymore.. we are so sorry for your loss.. the family is in our thoughts.. love you all..


Tami and Pete Harlow posted on 12/14/13

Jody, Linzey and Lacey; We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in your many happy memories during this time. Tami and Pete Harlow