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Leota Josephine (Yardley) Wheeler went home to her Lord on January 29, 2016 at the age of 90. Leota Wheeler, daughter of Archie and Mamie Yardley was born on a farm in Woodward County on July 31, 1925. She attended grade school at Heman and graduated from Waynoka High School in 1943. Leota was united in marriage to Roy Wheeler (deceased) on May 30, 1943 at Heman.
|Leota Josephine (Yardley) Wheeler
They established their home in Waynoka where Leota was a homemaker until they moved to Cherokee in 1951. Leota worked at T.H. Rogers Lumber Co. as a bookkeeper for a number of years before working at the Agriculture Soil Conservation Service in 1961 and retired in 1988.
After her retirement Leota volunteered at the First Christian Church, Meals on Wheels, Cherokee Library and the Alfalfa County Fair Board. For her volunteering activities and her work ethics Leota was awarded the Alfalfa County Hall of Fame Achievement Award in 1994. Her Lord, Family and Friends were her life. Her prayers and support carried many of us through the challenges of life. Leota moved to Wichita, Kansas in 2006 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Leota enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her flowers and sweets.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her brother, Eugene Yardley and her sisters, Jessie Hutchison, Clarice Maggard and Leona Walker.
She is survived by her sons, Steve Wheeler and wife, Pat of McPherson, Kansas, Elroy Wheeler and wife, Deanna of Wichita, Kansas; three grandchildren, Amy (Wheeler) Rausch and husband, Travis of McPherson, Kansas, Dustin Wheeler and fiancée, Amy of Ellinwood, Kansas and Justin Wheeler and wife, Erica of Wichita, Kansas; three great grandchildren, Colton and Aly Jo Rausch of McPherson, Kansas and Aldrik Wheeler of Wichita, Kansas; two sisters, Rose Harris of Cherokee, Oklahoma and Irene Kersey of Derby, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Cherokee with burial at Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Viewing will be Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Cherokee First Christian Church through the funeral home.
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