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Wilma Ethel Durfey (Bird) Wheeler

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READSBORO -- Mrs. Wilma Ethel (Bird) Durfey Wheeler, 86, of East Main Street, died Friday morning, Oct. 22, 2004, at the Crescent Manor Nursing Home in Bennington.

She was born in Wilmington on April 21, 1918, a daughter of the late William Bird and Viola (Chase) Bird. She attended schools in Jacksonville and Readsboro, including the former Readsboro High School. Mrs. Wheeler was employed by the former Readsboro Chair Factory for several years. During World War II, she worked at Sprague Electric Co. and Wall Streeter Shoe Co. in North Adams, Mass. She was last employed in the cafeteria of the Readsboro Elementary School until her retirement.

She was a member of the Readsboro Baptist Church and sang in its choir. She enjoyed crocheting, fly fishing and reading. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her husband was Warner W. Wheeler, who died on Dec. 26, 2003. They were married on Dec. 19, 1945.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald E. Durfey and Carol Durfey of West Chesterfield, N.H., Robert E. Durfey and Janice Durfey of Jacksonville, and William W. Wheeler and Karen Wheeler of Readsboro, with whom she made her home; two grandchildren, Robert Warner Durfey of Newmarket, N.H. and Shannon Marie Durfey of West Chester, Pa.; three step-grandchildren, Heather Underhill of Readsboro, Lisa Underhill of Whitingham and Kate Pudvah of Yuma, Ariz.; one great-grandson, Lucas Warner Durfey; three step-great-grandchildren, Madison Pudvah-Gouin, Bailey Pudvah Gouin and Vincent D’Amico; one sister, Minola Allen of Brattleboro; and one brother, Francis Bird of Jacksonville. Three brothers are deceased: Darrell Bird, Carroll Bird and Edward Bird.

Graveside services for Wilma Durfey Wheeler will take place Tuesday morning, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Village Cemetery in Readsboro, with the Rev. John Brigham, pastor of the Readsboro Baptist Church, officiating. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Readsboro Baptist Church or to the American Lung Association in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home For Funerals Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 23, 2004
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