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Hilma Wheeler

Born: Wed., Feb. 15, 1939
Died: Wed., Oct. 12, 2016

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sun., Oct. 23, 2016
Location: Coquille Valley Elks Lodge

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Hilma Ann Wheeler was born on February 15, 1939 in Woodland, Washington.  She was the first daughter of Wayne and Irene Johnson.  She attended school in Waldport, Oregon; however completed most of her schooling in Coquille, Oregon.  She graduated from Coquille High School in 1957.  After completing high school, Hilma attended San Mateo Junior College where she obtained her associates degree in dental hygiene. 

            Hilma had a very close bond with her parents and moved with them to a small community called Bull Creek, California.  This community was located just outside of the later nationally formed Rockefeller National Forest.  Bull Creek is where she met the love of her life, Clifford “Sam” Wheeler.  Sam and Hilma were married on February 16, 1962.  She worked as a bookkeeper for Bee River Lumber Company.

            Sam and Hilma moved to San Pablo, California with their two children, Nancy and Clifford, upon closure of the community in Bull Creek.  During this time, Hilma worked at a diner on the graveyard shift.

            In 1970, Hilma and Sam moved back to Fortuna for a short period.  Over Thanksgiving weekend in 1970, they moved to Coquille, Oregon.  Hilma would call the Coquille Valley her home for the rest of her life.  She worked for the Coquille Clinic billing insurance for many years.  Later, she would cook at the Coquille Care Center until the facility closed.  Lastly, she served as the Activities Director of the Myrtle Point Care Center.  She was a very dedicated, hard worker and would clean Gronemyer and Day dental offices during her off hours. 

            Hilma believed in service and was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi, the Eastern Star, the Guardian of International Order of Job’s Daughters Bethel #15 of Coquille, Oregon, a Start Making a Reader Today Coordinator in Coquille, Oregon, President of the Coquille Eagles, a volunteer for Myrtle Point’s Friends Inspiring Reading Success Together, and worked at the ticket booth for the Coos County Fair and Rodeo. 

            She loved her family and her grandchildren – Delaney, Karl, Johnna, Joelle, and Kieri.  She supported all of their school and extra-curricular activities.  She truly was their number one fan and cheerleader. 

            In June of 2013, Hilma needed a mitral valve and double bypass surgery.  Complications occurred after the procedure, but her health would improve and she returned to her beloved home.  She required dialysis for the rest of her life, but was happy to be home with her family.  Hilma passed away on October 12, 2016.  Hilma is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford “Sam” Wheeler.  She is survived by her brother, Charles Wayne Johnson, her sister, Shirley Jean Calkins-Johnson, her daughter, Nancy Smith, her son, Clifford Wheeler, and her five grandchildren – Delaney Wheeler, Karl Smith, Johnna Wheeler, Joelle Wheeler, and Kieri Smith. 

            Please join family and friends for a celebration of life potluck on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at the Coquille Valley Elks Lodge, 54942 Maple Heights Road.  In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer you make a donation at Coquille’s Umpqua Bank to the Hilma Wheeler Scholarship Fund.  

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Jerry Barrow
   Posted Thu October 20, 2016
A good classmate and friend.

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