Friends, family to remember Wheeler |

Friends, family to remember Wheeler


Martha “Marti” Graves Wheeler died May 23 at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver after a second battle with cancer. She was 63.

A memorial will be held June 5 at 11 a.m. at the Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon. Her ashes will be spread on the banks of Daley Brook in the Adirondacks in a family ceremony June 29.

Wheeler, who moved to Summit County on Memorial Day in 1996, was born May 1, 1939 in Little Falls, N.Y. She was raised on Long Island and spent much of her childhood along the shores of the Sacandaga Reservoir in the Adirondack mountains.

She graduated State University of New York in 1961, married John M. Wheeler, and taught home economics and elementary education in several schools in upstate New York. The couple was married for 25 years.

An avid traveler, Wheeler ventured to Colorado, returning only to pack and move to Summit County. Here she found happiness in friends, the natural beauty and the active lifestyle and her friend Richard Fuller.

In January, the two bought a second home on a golf course in Sunset Beach, N.C., where she spent the last four months of her life walking the beach with friends. Friends and family say Wheeler had a sense of fairness and compassion rarely seen.

Wheeler is survived by her son, John of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Janice A. Wheeler of Montrose.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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