Fran­cis Shir­lene ‘Sherry’ Wheeler May 28, 1929 – Jan. 12, 2016


If you see a pink flamingo, you might think of Sherry Wheeler. She once said she hated the lawn or­na­ment kind, so her fam­ily and friends lov­ingly gave her lots of flamin­gos.

Sherry de­parted this life Jan. 12, 2016, and has been re­united with her sweet­heart. The last few years were harder for Mom, but she did what she al­ways told us to do – be a good ac­tress! She kept a smile on her face and joy in her heart for those she loved.

Sherry was mom to five, grandma to 24 and great-grandma to 44. She col­lected friends like some peo­ple col­lect seashells. If you are read­ing this, she prob­a­bly made you laugh. Re­mem­ber her for that.

She was born Fran­cis Shir­lene Poul­son in Mt. Pleas­ant, Utah, to James Shirley and Crys­tal Meyrick Poul­son on May 28, 1929. She had one younger brother, Dou­glas James, who she once tried to sell for a dime. The fam­ily moved to Springville when she was young and she lived there most of her life.

She mar­ried Richard J. Wheeler on Oct. 1, 1947, in the Salt Lake Tem­ple af­ter he swept her off her feet. A blonde bomb­shell, she’d had other beaus, but our dad was it for her. They were to­gether for 53 years in life; they are to­gether now for eternity. True sweet­hearts, he left an “I love you more than” note for her ev­ery day for years. They re­joiced at the births of chil­dren and grand­chil­dren and com­mis­er­ated at tri­als that would have bro­ken the best.

Mom cre­ated fun. She also cre­ated the shoul­der shuf­fle, the best pranks, the scari­est witch’s cackle, the most mem­o­rable fam­ily re­union skits and the best “grandma’s fish pond.”

She taught us to love GOR­GEOUS sun­sets, roses, sweet pick­les, choco­late chip cook­ies (she hid them in the dryer), fudge and mar­ble cake. She in­spired fun, crazi­ness and laugh­ter.

Mom worked at the Springville Pub­lic Li­brary for 23 years. Her grand­kids lov­ingly re­ferred to her as a “barbarian.” She did some­thing unique there – she made peo­ple feel loved and wel­comed.

For her 75th birth­day, her fam­ily in­vited peo­ple from ev­ery cor­ner of her life – church, Jaycees, li­brary, Fait Bien, nertzers, her kid’s friends, neigh­bors and any­one who loved her. More than 150 peo­ple came, all dressed in pink as re­quested.

For years, her fam­ily teased they were go­ing to have the Springville High School march­ing band play for her on her birth­day, and on her 80th birth­day that hap­pened. She laughed and clapped in as­ton­ish­ment.

On her 85th, she had a pri­vate per­for­mance from her fa­vorite pi­anist, James O’Neil Miner, that thrilled her.

She loved the gospel and be­ing a mem­ber of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. She held many call­ings and loved go­ing to the tem­ple.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren: Brett and Gayle Wheeler of Du­vall, Wash.; Paul and Kathy Wheeler of South Jor­dan, Utah; Jan Gray of Springville; Kelly and Rachel Wheeler of De­catur, Ark.; Ri­ley and Kaye Wheeler Nelson of Provo; 23 grand­chil­dren and spouses; 44 great-grand­chil­dren; niece Heidi Poul­son of Fred­er­ick, Mary­land; brother-in-law Kent Wheeler (An­nadale) of Maple­ton and their fam­ily and aunt JoEll Swen­son of Span­ish Fork and her fam­ily. Her hus­band and grand­daugh­ter Stacie Mae Gray pre­ceded her in death.

Many thanks to the won­der­ful care­givers who lived with Mom th­ese past six years and Me­lanie Neel who Mom loved dearly. Spe­cial grat­i­tude for the Paul and Kay­lene Ash­ton fam­ily and each per­son who touched her life. Her love ex­tended to so many. Fi­nal thanks to the staff of Our House in Provo and Ten­der Care Hospice who truly ten­derly cared for her this past year.

In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider do­nat­ing to the LDS Church mis­sion­ary fund. She helped ev­ery grand­child who served a mis­sion. Her fu­neral was held Tues­day, Jan. 19, in the Springville Stake Cen­ter. Burial was in the Springville Ev­er­green Ceme­tery. Con­do­lences may be given at www.wheel­er­mor­tu­ar­ This obit­u­ary was ap­proved by Sherry.

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