On Saturday, April 8, 2023, June Dorothy Wheeler passed peacefully in her sleep at home in the Cadence Assisted Living Residence in Kent, Washington. She was 90 years old. June was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 21, 1932. She spoke often of her love of Maryland’s beautiful coastline and of ice skating. However, as a teen, she and her parents moved to Phoenix, Arizona. This is where she met and married the boy next door, Elmer L. Wheeler. Upon their graduation from Phoenix Union High School, Elmer enlisted in the Army and June joined him sometime later in Yuma, Arizona where their first baby girl was born. Following Elmer’s service in the Army, the couple settled once again in Phoenix, Arizona where their second baby girl was born.
With two children, June’s organizational skills served her well in making a home and later in her employment outside the home. She enjoyed cooking and could turn whatever available into a feast. As the children grew older June worked outside the home, first in a veterinary office, secondly for a podiatrist. And after the family moved to Tempe, Arizona she completed her career working as a secretary at Arizona State University. In addition, she taught exercise classes at the nearby Gym and served in her church working with the youth, which was one of her fondest memories.
June enjoyed time with her daughters and grandchildren, even dressing up in costume each Halloween for them. Life, however, was not always easy. Elmer and June lost their second born 29-year-old daughter to cancer. But they learned by Faith to press on. After Elmer and June retired, they studied Biblical courses at Grand Canyon College and thereafter traveled abroad, including the Holy lands. June had many friends throughout her life which was a great blessing to her over the years. She professed a strong Faith even as the Father called her home.
June Dorothy Wheeler is survived by a daughter, Cinda Lee Elmer (Dalton), two grandchildren, Gennifer Michelle Brown (Ronn), Robin Marie Mylo and a great-grandson, Tony Jason Mylo. June was preceded in death by husband, Elmer Laquita Wheeler, a daughter, Beverly Ann Dee and parents, Margie Pauline (Reed) Werner and George Washington Edward Werner.
The interment will be at Tacoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. A family memorial will take place at a later date, allowing for family travel.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
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