Violet E. Wheeler, the daughter of the late Wilburn and Harriett Rosabelle Lafferty Brinson, was born in Hunterville on July 30, 1905, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at the age of 98.
Mrs. Wheeler had lived most of her life in Grayridge. She attended the Grayridge General Baptist church where she was a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Essex and was past president of the Stoddard County Missouri Extension Homemakers Club.
On Sept. 12, 1922, she was married to Harry Ernest Wheeler in Grayridge, and he preceded her in death on May 6, 1988.
Surviving are two sons, Robert James Wheeler of Flint, Mich., and Wilber S. Wheeler of Essex; two daughters, Margaret Eleanor Moore of Tulsa, Okla., Wanda Ruth Beard of Warrensburg; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter in infancy, Dorothy May Wheeler, three brothers, and three sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Harold Beard of Warrensburg, the Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter and the Rev. Robert Lafferty of Bloomfield officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.