MADISON – Helen Annjo Tally Wheeler, 81, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after an extended illness. A Mooreville native, she was born Jan. 30, 1933, to William Swanze Tally and Nelle Kate Morgan. She spent most of her adult life in Tupelo, Brandon, Madison and New Orleans, but resided at St. Catherine's Village from 2007 to 2014.
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Her career outside of family was a varied one from serving as deputy sheriff of Lee County in her early 20s to disaster specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in later life. She loved sports, and her competitive spirit was strong even through difficult health limitations later in life as many of her friends at St. Catherine's can validate. She was a fierce opponent in croquet and Wii tennis and bowling, but her passion for singing alto in the choir superseded all.
Survivors include two daughters, Annjo Wheeler Lemons and husband, David, of Madison and Beth Wheeler Magee and husband, Rod, of Bellevue, Idaho; three grandchildren, Shea Lemons Berault and husband, David, of Mobile, Ala., Brian Lemons and wife, Julie, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Zachary West of Bishop, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Joseph and Henry Berault, and Luke and Emily Lemons; and one sister, Mary Nelle Tally Sharpe of Tupelo.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jimmy Nathan Wheeler; and her parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 25, at St. Catherine's Chapel. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Natchez Trace Funeral Home of Madison is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Catherine's Village or Hospice Ministries.
Natchez Trace Cemetery Funeral Home & Crematory
759 Hwy 51 Madison, MS 39110
Published in Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on Mar. 25, 2014