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Betty Ann (Thelen) Wheeler

March 2, 1940 ~ November 29, 2018 (age 78)

     Elizabeth Ann Wheeler was born on March 2, 1940, to Raymond and Barbara (Snyder) Thelen in Carroll, Iowa. Betty was raised south of Glidden and graduated from Glidden High School. After high school she attended Iowa School of Beauty in Des Moines, Iowa. Betty married Raymond Wheeler in 1962 and three children were born to this union: Vince, Alan and Randy.

     Betty had a beauty shop set up in the basement of her home and did hair there for many years. After retirement, she worked part-time jobs to keep busy and enjoyed going to various nursing homes and doing the ladies’ hair.

     Betty was a member at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Des Moines until she moved to the Dunlap Specialty Care Assisted Living Center in 2014. She cherished going to mass and enjoyed St. Patrick’s Parish when she moved to the area.

     Betty died on November 29, 2018, at the Dunlap Specialty Care Center in Dunlap, Iowa, attaining the age of 78 years, eight months and 27 days.

     Betty was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Shirley; sister, Darlene Oswald; and one brother, Larry Thelen. Betty is survived by three sons, Vince (Cyndi) Wheeler of Dunlap, Iowa, Alan (Julie) Wheeler of Tooela, Utah and Randy (Carolyn) Wheeler of Des Moines, Iowa; two grandchildren, Paul Wheeler and Samantha Wheeler; three sisters; Phyllis (Larry) Broich of Leon, Iowa, Arlene (Dennis) Alspach of Carroll, Iowa and Janice (Ed) Olsen of Concordia, Kansas; many other nieces, nephews and friends.


A memorial service and graveside service will be held at a later date in Des Moines, Iowa.


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