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Mary Margaret (Bradshaw) Wheeler

1944 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Mary Margaret (Bradshaw) Wheeler Obituary
Wheeler, Mary Margaret (Bradshaw) 05/25/1944 ~ 01/17/2014 SAN DIEGO -- The world lost a wonderful person last Friday. Mary, her mother would insist on "Mary Margaret," valiantly fought cancer for the past year. Everyone said she was tough. If anyone could beat it she would. Unfortunately, the side effects of treatment were too great. Surrounded by her loving family, she left us at 5:08 A.M. Meeting Mary was a wonderful experience. She was always interested in other people and willing to help others. Her friends tell of how she helped them or inspired them. An only child, Mary was determined to have a big family. As she often said: "I grew my own friends." And grow she did. After 12 years of marriage, she had our first daughter, Allyson, at age 35. Ashley followed at 39, Peter at 42, Elizabeth at 44, and David was born just four months shy of her 50th. Family was everything to her. Mary was born in the Bronx to Rita Kiley and James Bradshaw. Jim a Chief Warrant Officer in the Coast Guard from Virginia traveled the world; and Rita, a native New Yorker, was a secretary in a law firm. Their chance meeting on the streets of NYC resulted in a marriage of 40 years. Mary was born after her father left for the Pacific. At the end of the war, Mary and her mother traveled via the Panama Canal to meet her father in Honolulu. She was 18 months old when she first saw her father. They returned to the States when Jim retired. They lived in Virginia and Long Beach before settling in Westchester. Mary graduated from Westchester High School in 1962 and then attended UCLA. In 1965, Jim retired, and they moved to Tucson where Rita was secretary for the FAA Tucson Tower. In July, Mary, tired of living alone in LA, moved to Tucson. Her mother encouraged her to take the Evelyn Wood's Reading Dynamic course where we met. After several "coffee dates," I finally got the courage to ask for a serious date. Her response was: "You realize I'm much older than you." I was 19. Mary was 21. A year later we were married. In July 1968, we moved to San Diego to start my Navy duty. Mary returned to Tucson each time I deployed and graduated from the University of Arizona, BS Public Administration, cum laude, May 1971. She started with San Diego Trust and Savings as a teller trainee and rose to Vice President in-charge of human resources for the Data Processing Center in Kearny Mesa. In 1978, after Allyson's birth, she started an interior design business with friends. Following Ashley's birth, she had her own firm, Mary Wheeler Interior Design. In 1985, following Peter's birth, she joined WheelerFrost and became Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. My Darling, Mary Margaret, was the light of my life. Forty seven years of marriage just wasn't enough. She was young, beautiful, engaged, and caring. I miss her so much. The children; sons-in-law, Brian Standing and Brad Worthan; our grand- children, Kiley and Bradyn; and all our friends, can't believe she was taken from us so soon. Her spirit lives on in all of us. Please join us in celebrating Mary's life at our home on Saturday, February 1st. Gifts can be made to the JIGME LINGPA Center for a healing garden dedicated to Mary. For more information, please call 619-491-0225 or info@wheelerfrost.com">info@wheelerfrost.com">info@wheelerfrost.com">info@wheelerfrost.com.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 24, 2014
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