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OBITUARY - MARJORIE MAE (MULLEN) WHEELER
Funeral services for Marjorie WHEELER, age 83 of Bedford, who died Tuesday, December 24, 2002, at Bedford
Nursing and Rehab Center were held Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with
Father Tom COENEN officiating. Interment was held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be
given in Marjorie's name to the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center or to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of
Marjorie Mae (MULLEN) WHEELER was born February 17, 1919, near Kellerton, Iowa, one of seven
children born to Al and Clara [(GOLTRY)] MULLEN. When Marjorie was young, the family moved to rural Bedford
where she attended rural country school, graduating in 1937 from Bedford Community School. After taking
normal training she taught country school for two years.
On September 21, 1940 Marjorie was united in
marriage to Orvis WHEELER in Maryville, Mo., at which time they started farming west of Bedford. Two sons
were born to this union, both dying shortly after birth. Orvis joined the Navy in 1942, serving his country
during World War II at which time Marjorie moved to California to be with Orvis when he came ashore. While
living in California, a daughter, Barbara, was born. In 1945, when the war was over, the family returned to
Iowa, purchasing a farm south of Bedford. Two more children, Carolyn and Eldon, were born to complete their
Marjorie was very active as a 4-H leader and member of a Neighborhood Club. She was also very
involved in the Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary. Both Marjorie and Orvis enjoyed traveling
around the United States and overseas. The couple retired from farming by moving to Bedford where they
became members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Marjorie enjoyed sewing, especially making school
clothes for the children, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, playing bingo and going to the casino.
Marjorie's husband and family were a very important part of her life. She especially enjoyed her
grandchildren and great grandchildren. In recent years, Orvis was able to care for Marjorie until her health
continued to fail, making it necessary for her to become a resident of the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center
in January 2002.
Marjorie is survived by her loving husband, Orvis, of Bedford; daughters, Barbara and
husband Gene GADDIS of Des Moines, Carolyn BROWN and husband Leo of Bedford; a son Eldon of Cottonwood,
Ariz.; grandchildren, Michael GADDIS and wife Trish of Des Moines, Lori and husband Tim ANDERSON of Des
Moines, Brenda and husband Garvin McMILLIN of Bedford, Randy BROWN and Todd BROWN of Bedford, Jeremy WHEELER
and Linda of Gravity; great grandchildren, Aaron and Cody ANDERSON of Des Moines, Kerri and Kaitlyn
McMILLIN of Bedford, Tiana, Kelsey, Audrey and Devon WHEELER of Gravity; step great grandchildren Nichole
and Benjamin HELMTS of Des Moines, and Josh McMILLIN of Bedford; brother Kenneth MULLEN of San Clemente,
Calif., and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Preceding Marjorie in death were her
parents, Al and Clara MULLEN; two infant sons; sisters, Doris RHUE and Jean McQUAID; brothers Merton, Dean
She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
NOTE: Interment Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.
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