Thursday, July 12, 2012

Winnie Francis (Ballard) Wheeler 1886-1985

Winnie Francis Wheeler was born a daughter of Bland Nixon Ballard and Elizabeth Frances (Bradford) Ballard, January 17, 1886, in Pulaski County in Missouri, and she departed this life 30 December 30, 1985 at Waynesville, Missouri having attained the age of 99 years, 11 months, and 13 days.

She was united in marriage to Luna Wheeler August 28, 1904 and to this union two children were born.  She accepted Christ and was baptized, and at the time of her passing was a charter member of Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville, Missouri.  Winnie was a member of the Harmony Home Extension Club, and was a life-long resident of Pulaski County in Missouri.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by one son, Clyde Wheeler of Waynesville, Missouri and one daughter, Helen Routh of Springfield, Missouri; one brother, Neal Ballard of Rolla, Missouri; three grandchildren, Bill Wheeler of Lebanon, Missouri, Judy Beaver of Durant, Oklahoma, and Mary Lou Watson of St. Louis, Missouri; nine great grandchildren, Hallie Kinsley, Jeff Kinsley, David Wheeler, Gerry Darnell, Joel Watson, Scott Watson, Kenny Watson, Sue Goddard, and Jan Radel; six great great grandchildren, Sammy Alfano, Jeff Alfano, Amy Radel, Adam Radel, Ben Watson, and Timothy Watson, several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, five sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 2, 1986 at 2:00 p.m. in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lee Schaffer officiating.

Music was furnished by organist Mary Lou Long and soloist, Janell Walters.

Burial was in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Waynesville, Missouri under the direction of the Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Escorts were: Dud Bacon, Harold Burnett, Champ Collier, Norman Humphrey, Marvin Long, and Louis Smith.

Honorary escorts were George Lane and Al Parsons.

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