Alice F. Wheeler

April 15, 1937 – Oct. 25, 2014

GARNETT—Alice F. Wheeler, Garnett, died Oct. 25, 2014, at Guest Home Estates, Garnett. She was 77.

She was born April 15, 1937, ay Harris, the daughter of Frank and Blanche Farrar Weatherbie. She grew up in Lane, attending schools in Greeley and Lane. She earned her GED in Chanute. She later moved to Ottawa, Quenemo and then Garnett.

She married Joe Kraus in October 1953. They were later divorced. She married Wilmer Wheeler Dec. 9, 1979, at Lyndon. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2010.

She worked as a waitress in a coffee shop, did clerical work at Osawatomie State Hospital, Sears, Crites, Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa University, Health Department and Fed-Ex for eleven years retiring in 1999, ECKAAA, ECKAN, and returned and retired in 2011 from ECKAAA.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Memorial Post No. 5901, Lane United Methodist Church, where she also participated in Bible study groups, and CWI, Credited Women’s International. She also participated in a bowling league in Ottawa, and enjoyed playing the piano.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Johnston and Jane Louise Clark; and a stepdaughter, Barbara Wheeler.

She is survived by four children, Randy Kraus, Lane, Kathy Jo Kraus, Ottawa, Donna Bowman, Garnett, and Bonnie Reeder and husband, Jim, Ottawa; six stepchildren, Debbie Tatum, Texas, Danny Wheeler, Las Vegas, N.M., Lynn Hutchison, Princeton, David Wheeler, Ottawa, Darran Wheeler, Quenemo, and Dennis Wheeler, Wichita; three siblings, Hazel Phillips, Paola, Ronald Weatherbie, Princeton, and Jo Diane Miller, Garnett; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will meet with friends 6-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Dengel and Son Mortuary. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Cremation will follow with inurnment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Guest Home Estates or American Lung Association and sent in care of Dengel and Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067.

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