Betty Wheeler

wheelerCLEARWATER, FL – Betty Wheeler, 89, of Clearwater, Florida passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at home, surrounded by family and under the care of Hospice of the Fla Suncoast Bronze team. Betty was born June 22, 1927 in Rushville, Illinois, daughter of Rev. Edward H McKee and Martina DeFord Kennedy McKee. She was the second born of nine children. Betty is survived by four daughters:  Cindy Prais (Tom), Liana Kiki Schmitt (Charlie), Colleen Ivey, and Betty BeeGee Wright (Dennis). She is also survived by her brother, Harold Mckee (Ann); grandchildren: Bryan Dallas (Hillary); JamyJacobsgaard (Susan); Jason Gardner (Karen); Tasha, Tiffany, Joshua and Jordan Prais; Jerry Ivey (Crystal); and CarissaMencer, Matthew and Michael Wright. Her great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Maddie, Chloe, Rachel, Nicolai, Seth, Chance, and soon-to-join the family, baby Lincoln; brothers-in-law: Don Wheeler and Ron Metzka; and sister-in-law, Marylou Wheeler Haynes also survive. Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lyman Bud Wheeler; her parents; three sisters: Wanda, Janet and Sandy; and four brothers, Hubert, Richard, Robert and Ron; and son-in-law, Bob Jacobsgaard. Family was everything to Betty. She was a hair dresser until her first grandson was born, then she became a Grandma with pride. Betty enjoyed a gathering of any kind, it didn’t have to be a special occasion or holiday. Just come over for a visit. She opened her home to everyone; there are many people who considered her a second mom. Betty was an avid sports fan of the Chicago teams. As an honor to Betty, the family asked those attending her service to consider wearing their favorite sports team attire. A viewing was held Tuesday, July 19, at Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home Clearwater from 11 until 2 p.m. and 5 until 7:30 p.m. A service was held at the funeral home Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., with final entombment immediately following in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park. Per Betty’s request, a celebration of her life was held at the home of Charlie and Kiki Schmitt, 912 Mark Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33756. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Suncoast Hospice Founda-tion, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, Florida 33760 in Betty’s honor.