Jean Harris Wheatley
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06/7/1927 - 05/19/2014
Jean Harris Wheatley, 86, died May 19, 2014 at her home in Meridian following a short illness.
She was the second of four children to Dwight and Mary Mosely Harris, born on June 7, 1927, at Pea Ridge, Arkansas. In 1937 the family moved to Idaho. They lived in Hailey, Horseshoe Bend, Emmett and settled in New Meadows in 1942 where Jean finished school. She went to Boise to work and while there met and married Bob Wheatley on October 15, 1950. They lived around Caldwell until 1957 and while there had two daughters. They moved to New Meadows and returned to Caldwell in 1965. Jean worked for D & B Supply and retired after 20 years, in 1989.
Jean is survived by her daughter, Luann Wheatley of Meridian; daughter Bobbi (John) Downey of Caldwell; grandchildren, Scott Downey of Boise and Leisa (Juan Jr.) Robles of Caldwell; two great granddaughters, Kyndell and Sophia Robles; sisters, Peggie Noland of Joseph, Oregon and June Clay of Emmett; sister-in-law, Ruth Bennett of Meridian and many special nieces and nephews. She also leaves her extended family, Vicky Smith and her family of Shedd, OR.
Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents and her brother, Bill.
Cremation is under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
or the Shriner's Children's Hospital.
At her request, there will be no memorial service; however there will be a gathering for family and friends at the Caldwell Elks Lodge, 1015 N. Kimball, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 31.
We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Dr. Gallafent and Dr. Young and to the staff on 6th floor at St. Luke's Meridian for their compassion and loving care of Mom.
"In tears we saw you sinking and watched you fade away.
Our hearts were almost broken, we wanted you to stay.
But, when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful, free from pain.
How could we wish you back with us, to suffer that again.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God took you Home."
Mom, you taught us lessons of life and love, faith and devotion that will get us through our grief from losing you and all the days beyond. You've shown unmeasurable strength and dignity and seemed to find a positive in the most difficult and challenging times. We will always love and miss you.
Flahiff Funeral Chapels - Caldwell Chapel
624 Cleveland Boulevard
Caldwell, ID 83606
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 25, 2014