LAS CRUCES â€” Dorothy Bernice Wheeler, 91, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt entered eternal life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Oct. 13, 2010, from her Golden Mesa apartment in Las Cruces. She was born Dec. 15, 1918, in Roswell, to William Chester Van Doren and Kiney Hughes Van Doren. On Oct. 10, 1937, she married Glen Clarence Wheeler Jr. at her parentsâ€™ home at 711 N. Richardson Ave.
She raised their two children on the James Stonewall Wheeler farm in East Grand Plains. She was a Grey Lady at Roswell Army Air Field (later, Walker Air Force Base) during World War II, volunteered for numerous civic organizations and served on the New Mexico Welfare Board when Edwin Mechem was governor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; and daughter, Suzie Storr, of Santa Fe.
She is survived by her son, Bill Wheeler, and wife, Mary Ann, of Las Cruces; her son-in-law, Neel Storr (Kay), of Santa Fe; five grandchildren, five greatgrandchildren, three nephews and eight nieces. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday Oct. 22, 2010, at the Golden Mesa Retirement Center, 151 N. Roadrunner Blvd,, Las Cruces, NM 88011. The service will be led by the Rev. Fernando Salazar of St. James Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gideonâ€™s International, Box 3217, Las Cruces, NM 88004. The committal service of her ashes will take place at a later date at St. Andrewâ€™s Episcopal Church in Roswell. Arrangements are by Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, NM. (575) 526- 2419.
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