Melba Wheeler
Melba Wheeler

Lakeland - Melba June Snapp Wheeler, age 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Lakeland on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

She was born January 7, 1934 in Plant City to Pyro Jewel Snapp and George Washington Snapp. She met Jerry T. Wheeler when they were attending Plant City High School and in 1952 they were married. They lived in Lakeland, FL for 53 years.

Melba graduated from Florida Southern College in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and from the University of Florida in 1962 with a Masters in Education Administration. She also graduated with a Specialist degree in Psychology from Western Carolina. While at Florida Southern, she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority and served as a mentor for many years as the President of the local Panhellenic Association.

Melba was preceded in death by daughter, Mona Kim Wheeler. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Jerry Wheeler, daughters Jerolyn Wheeler Hutton and Gena Wheeler Batman, and grandsons Caleb Batman and wife Brianna Batman, and Joshua Batman.

Melba was an accomplished pianist, loved to sing and was passionate about traveling. She traveled all over the world, including to Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Germany, Austria, Italy, Israel, Jordan and many others. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lakeland.

There will be a grave side service on Saturday June 26th at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Dover Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to Good Shephard Hospice of Lakeland or to the Shriners Hospital for Children of Tampa. Condolences may be left at

Published by The Ledger on Jun. 20, 2021.
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First Baptist Church of Dover Cemetery
3223 Gallagher Road, Dover, FL
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It was my singular privilege to have known such a great lady. Her elegance, grace, kindness, and humanity were unrivaled. She will always be remembered by my wife, Irene, and me with a glimmer in our hearts.
Israel E Diaz
June 25, 2021
I will never forget the light Melba brought when she entered a room. Melba was always smiling and always kind. She was a real lady. I worked with Melba when we were both School Psychologists. After she retired she would invite me and another Psychologist for lunch. Melba you are one of a kind and you will never be forgotten. You left a mark on this world and with the children you served. May God Bless you and your loving family.
Julie Dean
June 24, 2021
Danny and Linda Tillman
June 23, 2021
I'm sending prayer angels In loving memory of a beautiful lady, loved by all and especially by Jerry and family.
Gay Harlowe
June 20, 2021
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