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december 29, 1942 – january 7, 2024
Frances K. Wheeler, a beloved member of the Cincinnati community, passed away on January 7, 2024, at the age of 81. Born on December 29, 1942, in Washington, DC, Frances was a cherished daughter, sister, mother, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be remembered for her warm heart, infectious laughter, and unwavering love for her family.
Frances dedicated her life to her family and leaves behind a legacy of love and joy. She is survived by her loving children, Allen Wheeler, and Maria (Kate Sweeney) Wheeler, as well as her cherished sister, Martha (Jim) Dawson along with nieces and nephews. Frances was a devoted mother, actively participating in her children’s lives, serving as their biggest cheerleader at sporting events and being their number one fan. She took pride in being a dedicated band mom, supporting her children’s musical journey.
Throughout her life, Frances had a passion for quilting, reading, and sewing. She found solace and joy in creating beautiful quilts and exploring the realms of literature. A lover of travel, Frances had the opportunity to visit many fascinating places, with her last adventure taking her to the picturesque landscapes of Alaska in the summer of 2017. She cherished these experiences and shared her enthusiasm and travel stories with great delight.
Frances also had a deep affection for pug dogs, and her home was always filled with their playful energy. Angel, Sandee, and Chukka held a special place in her heart, and she adored them like family. In fact, Frances had a unique connection with these delightful companions, having bred and cared for a total of five pugs over the years.
Together with her late husband, Gary, Frances shared a passion for square dancing. They were respected and admired as talented square dancers, In the 60s, they traveled to Toronto to showcase their skills, and in the 70s, they had the honor of leading the square dance convention right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their love for square dancing brought joy to their lives and enriched the lives of those around them.
Frances had a sweet tooth and would indulge in her favorite treats of chocolate, coffee, and Coca-Cola. She loved dining at Bob Evans, with biscuits and gravy being her go-to choice. Her faith was a vital part of her life, and she was an active member of the Blue Ash Community Church, where she enjoyed Bible studies and cherished the fellowship of her fellow members. Additionally, she found comfort and camaraderie in participating in warm water classes at the Blue Ash YMCA.
To honor the beautiful life of Frances K. Wheeler, a private graveside service will take place at Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, 45231.
Frances will be dearly missed but forever remembered for her kindness, passion, and unwavering love for her family. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her memory continue to inspire and bring joy to all those whose lives she touched.
“We did not know Frances, but are close friends with her son, Allen. He is one of the most kind, unselfish people on this earth. To my way of thinking, he would not have these qualities without a mother like Frances. Allen, I’m positive that she was so proud of you, you will hopefully get some comfort knowing that. God bless, Susan and Jim Huff”
“A very special lady and dear friend since the 1970’s. I’ll forever cherish the memory of our Land ‘N Sea trip to Alaska. Fran, you’re my forever friend. Sincere sympathy to Allen, Maria and your extended family. May you rest in peace.”
“A wonderful person!! Miss Fran, we will miss you dearly! Thank you for the memories!”