Heather Monique WHEELER
1977 - 2014
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WHEELER, Heather Monique

Heather Monique Wheeler, 36, of Austin TX passed away in her home June 12, 2014. Heather was born in Pine Bluff, AR on November 18, 1977, and she spent her childhood living in Little Rock with her father, George Wheeler, and in Baytown, Texas with her mother, Connie Reynolds Napolitano. She shared her childhood with her older brother, Josh Wheeler of Houston, and her younger sister, Bristol Samples of Austin. Heather often fondly told friends how she grew up on the back of her dad's Harley, and her lifelong love of tubing rivers and spending time outdoors started with her childhood among the bluffs and woods of Arkansas. She spent most of her childhood in Baytown Texas where she was a Brigadier, successful student and popular friend at Robert E Lee High School. Heather's house was the gathering place for all her teenage friends, and her mother Connie welcomed them all home. After graduating from Lee in 1996, Heather lived in Houston then went on to pursue and earn an Interior Design degree at the Art Institute of Las Vegas before her love of live music and outdoor beauty caused her and her daughter, Cara Roberds, to settle in Austin, Texas where her mom and sister soon followed. The love of Heather's life was her daughter, Cara, who inherited her mom's fiery spirit and beautiful smile.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Pets Alive 1156 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, US, 78703

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 7:00 pm until 9:00pm in the evening at Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX. Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.


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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2014.
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August 16, 2014
Heather and baby Lucien
I will forever miss your love, your smile, that laugh, your hugs, our conversations and all the other great things about you! You were not only my sister, but my best friend, my rock! I will miss you forever and will cherish all of our memories. Lucien and I talk about you everyday! Love you sweet girl.
Bristol Samples
June 19, 2014
I only knew Heather through my association with her through her work, but I am deeply saddened by her loss. I wish the family many prayers and condolences and may God provide you some peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Larry H
June 18, 2014
Heather, I only met you once at the sherwood forrest faire while visiting your mother I bought a head piece that you hand made that i will cherish forever. Sending my condolences to your family during this tragic time. Always, Hillary
Hillary H
June 17, 2014
Still having such a difficult time accepting the reality that you are gone. I will miss chatting with you and seeing your brilliant smile on Faire days.... it was always a highlight. Sending love to Cara, Connie and the rest of your family. <3
Juli Dearrington
June 17, 2014
Heather, I only met you once but you touched my heart. You will be missed! My heart goes out to your family.
Becky Mitchell
June 17, 2014
Heather,
You were such a bright light, you made so many days at Faire much more fun for us. I will never forget your smile that brightened so many days of mine.
We will miss you.
Drinovsky Family
June 17, 2014
A shining star gone to soon. We will miss you always and forever my beautiful cousin. My heartfelt prayers and love go out to all of the family Uncle George, Josh, Connie I wish I could be there with you but know I am there in spirit. With all my love Tami.
Tami Hallman
June 17, 2014
The loss of a rare lady will be felt forever. My sincerest sympathy to the family.......Cara, I think of you often as I thumb through my phone photos. Carry on the freshness and caring that your mother lived by.
Sincerely.....Lois Hulse
Lois Hulse
June 17, 2014
I didn't know Heather well. But i did spend sometime to know who she was. I loved her smiles. She was there when my mom past two years ago. She fully hugged me, until i was healed. She protected me with her thoughts and Prayers. She and Rob and myself on morning we went to h. e.b. we had pickles and avacado's together. We couldn't sleep. But it was very sweet. We all had a beautiful conversation together. She also gives awesome hugs. She will always be in my heart forever. I'm very sorry for what happened to her. She was the most beautiful woman i have ever encountered. I shall talk to her in my dreams. Forever and ever. I love you Heather more than anything in the whole eternity. And guide us all to wherever you are. And may God richly bless you forevermore Amen. Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Arthur O'Leary
June 17, 2014
My most sincere condolences to George and the family. I have many beautiful funny and happy memories of Heather that I will forever cherish, loved so loved by myself and many others. RIP little dove
Mary Gurlen
June 17, 2014
I only knew Heather for a short time when she lived in Houston. We worked together for a couple of year. When she was pregnant with Cara I remember telling her how her tattoo was gonna get huge.. haha.

I meant so many time to go see her in Austin.. or see her when she was in Houston. I just didn't know her time with us would be so short. My heart breaks for you all. Sending you love and peace !!
Amy McIntyre
June 17, 2014
Heather you were always very special to me. I will miss you my friend! Thank you for over twenty years of memories!
Al Daniell
June 17, 2014
My Dear Heather
Words escape me for the loss I feel. You are a rare woman. Who can handle life & all that comes with it; work, love, family, friends,& so much more. I've always admired You & George's relationship. It is like no other. You have always had your Father's best qualities. I among so many will always Love & Miss You. Next time I see You please Dance with me. I'm still here. I don't know why, but I will strive to do what I can to better this world , just as you have for me. God Bless & Rest in Peace, as God has Called an Angel home with you. Pray for Us. Your Friend Dr.Buzz/Jim Busby.
Jim Busby
June 16, 2014
My heart breaks to hear of such a loss...she will be missed by many...Sending prayers to her family!
Victoria Wenger
June 16, 2014
So beautifully said..I never had a chance to meet Heather but me and her mom are good friend..Connie I'm so sorry for you loss ma..let me know what I can do to help ..
Isabel Trevino
June 16, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD provide comfort during this tragedy.
Cheryl Keltner
cheryl keltner
June 16, 2014
I'll never forget the good times. So sorry for your loss.
Tiffany Salguero (Buckels)
June 16, 2014
I will never forget the nights we would lay out on the balcony at George's and talk til the sun came up. Heather was an amazing person and awesome friend. You will be missed! Love Always!!!
Melina Hayes
June 16, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Heather's passing. She was a great and dear friend to two of my daughters. Sherman Stone
June 16, 2014
I am still so speechless and heartbroken over your passing. Just having the opportunity to have met you, will forever be a Blessing to me. I Loved you then, And I'll always have love for the girl with the biggest smile in the room...... You and I had some wild/fun times that I will treasure FOREVER!!! Rest in Love my dear friend.... For you will never be forgotten:)))
Carrie Draper
June 16, 2014
Sorry for the loss of Heather.. She was a friend of mine back in High School at Mills High... RIP!!
Sharlene Mills
June 16, 2014
I will forever love her. She was my rock that held me in place on far too many occasions. My heart and tears go to her family, some I have met, others I have not, but my prayers are to all. Oh the places we went Heather and the fun we had! I hope you have found your Galleywinter; and I'm pretty sure its filled with sparkle, glitter, and tiaras. I love you now, and forever my friend.
June Vidrine
June 16, 2014
I miss you, Heather. I know we didn't see each other the past few years, but you never left my heart. We just let life's struggles get in the way. I was looking very forward to our getting together and catching up, and now we will not have the chance… at least not in this life.

I will never forget the day we met after our friendship developed online. It was the day before Cara's birthday, and I drove to Vegas where we met up for an RK show – what a blast we had. Things would never be the same. You and Cara moved to Austin, and I followed after you guys put me and Sadie up for a month so I could find a job. Then we managed to hit every show we could find over the coming years. You fashioned the most beautiful homemade wedding cake for Joey and I, and helped tremendously with our Do-It-Yourself wedding. Pretty soon, you were off on your trans-Atlantic adventure to Scotland, and we kept Cara safe and sound for you. What an honor it was that you trusted us with your beloved daughter – I know what that means, and I thank you for it.

I will never forget how intoxicating and vibrant and infectious and simply beautiful you were. You loved to drive because, God-forbid, anyone else ever be in charge, and you threw the most amazing themed parties. You could make anything fun, even buying a $5 scarf at Walgreens. And you loved to sing and dance and be goofy no matter the circumstance – and you loved to capture it all on film, even when it meant asking the cops if you could pose on the hood of their squad car. You were open and self-aware and unapologetic. You were full of life, full of smiles, and always incredibly fun.

I am so, so sorry that you had to go so soon. I am so sorry for Cara. I am so sorry for your parents, and your sisters, and your brother, and your nieces and nephews and the rest of your family and your friends, and everyone who never had the honor of knowing you. I have missed you terribly over the past few years, and I will miss you all the more in the future. RIP, my dear old friend. There are no words big enough for your passing.

Sending love and prayers to Heather and all of those feeling a great sense of loss in her death.
Susan Shuffield
June 16, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by so many and I am grateful to have known her.
Craig Conner
June 16, 2014
I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Heather's sudden passing . . . so tragic and heartbreaking. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michelle Thurston
June 16, 2014
My condolences to everyone in Heather's family. She will be deeply missed and was always such a joy to be around. We had the same kind of dry sense of humor and she was one of the crazy ones that did the 5:30 a.m. bootcamp with us and was ALWAYS there first, ready to go. She will leave a huge hole in your family, but we know she's smiling and I am grateful for the opportunity to be her friend. Our Tori Amos trip the day of her sister's wedding to find flowers (after some issues) will never be forgotten :-) Love you girl
Emileigh Stone
June 15, 2014
I really don't know what to say. I just love you all so much and will keep you in prayer. Please tell me what to do or say if I can be of any help.
Becky Jean
June 15, 2014
So,so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She is in God's hands and God is with you.
Colleen Forster
June 15, 2014
Connie my condolences to you and Joey. I know it must be very hard to lose a daughter but God will give you the peace you need in a moment like this. I am Joey's cousin from PR. I will have you in my prayers!!!!!!
June 15, 2014
The Bertram family wishes to extend their most sincere condolences to George and the rest of the Wheeler family for their loss. I only met Heather once, at a Renaissance faire, and only by idle conversation discovered that she was related to my childhood friend as I spoke with her mother.
Tom & Pam Bertram
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