Wheeler, age 90, of Davidson, NC, passed away on April 30, 2017 at Novant
Health Huntersville Medical Center, Huntersville, NC.
She was born on
January 10, 1927, to William and Mary (Frary) Mayberry, both of whom
preceded her in death.
On June 27, 1947
she was married at Epworth Methodist Church in Council Bluffs, IA to Harold
W. Wheeler, who preceded her in death on September 16, 2014.
Lucille was the
wife of a career Army officer and truly enjoyed all of the benefits that it
entailed. While living in Tokyo, Japan in 1954-57, she joined oriental doll
making and Ikebana (floral arranging) classes. She was engaged in both
voluntary and elected roles at Army posts during the 30 years her husband
was on active duty. She served in all official capacities of the Officersí
Wivesí Club, performed grey-lady service in Army dispensaries and blood
mobiles, and served as assistant and leader with Girl Scouts, as well as
coordinator for all Troops on Foreign Soil (TOFS) Girl Scouts and leaders
during her husbandís tour at Kagnew Station, Asmara, Ethiopia, in 1965-67.
She was able to meet the Emperor Haile Selassie at an annual dinner held in
his honor and to attend a reception for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at
Haile Selassieís palace in Asmara. She held a keen interest in the art of
gourmet cooking, much to the delight of her family, and enjoyed singing in
the church choir in her younger days. She dearly loved her family and all of
the family gatherings that were possible. Having lived in Snellville, GA,
since her husbandís retirement in 1972, Lucille moved to Davidson, NC, in
2015, living and loving at long last, nearby the families of her son and one
of her grandsons. She was beloved by her family and friends, never to be a
stranger, and will be dearly missed by all.
She is survived by
her son Douglas (Lee) of Davidson, NC, and her daughter Janet (Robert,
deceased) Paulson of Chesterton, IN; her grandchildren Brian (Amanda)
Wheeler of Davidson, NC, Christopher (Melissa) of Saugus, MA, Matthew
Paulson and Zachary Paulson of Chesterton, IN; her great-grandchildren Caden
Wheeler of Davidson, NC, and Everlee Wheeler of Saugus, MA; and her sister
Evelyn (Douglas) VanHorn of Omaha, NE.
She was preceded in
death by her brother William Mayberry, and her sister Bertha Marie Nelson.
will be held at James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive, Huntersville, NC,
at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Visitation will be
from 1-2 p.m.
Donations may be
sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer or Ronald McDonald House (RMH of
Burial for Lucille
and her husband Harold will be at a later time at Arlington National
Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
James Funeral Home
of Huntersville, NC is serving the family of Mrs. Wheeler and online
condolences can be made to jamesfuneralhomelkn.com