Ruth Anne Wheeler

Ruth Anne Wheeler
Yuba City resident Ruth Anne Wheeler lost her long battle with Multiple Sclerosis on December 18th 2012. She was surrounded by her family when she passed.

Born on February 14th, 1942 in Lansing, Michigan she attended Michigan State University and moved to Yuba City in 1977.

She leaves behind husband, David Wheeler; brother, Edward Thomas; daughters, Lisa Shelton (Steve), Joey French (Scott), Annie Wheeler and son John Green (Denise). Three grandchildren: Bixby and Travis French and Clark Green.

She had a long and exceptional career in the theatre at various venues including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Theatre, Diablo Light Opera Company, Contra Costa Musical Theatre and Yuba College Theatre. Her notable roles include: the title role in G.B. Shaw's Saint Joan, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Rose in Gypsy, Guinevere in Camelot, Jenny Diver in The Three Penny Opera, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Roxy Hart in Chicago as well as major roles in Lady in the Van, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, The Seagull, The Elephant Man, Fiddler on the Roof and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In addition to theatre and music, Ruth Anne enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading and spending time with her family.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City on Thursday, December 27 at 11AM.

Donations to honor Ruth Anne may be made to the Ruth Anne Wheeler Memorial Scholarship Fund at Yuba College, Marysville, CA.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 22 to Dec. 27, 2012