Sunrise January 24, 1943
Sunset April 13, 2019
Jacqueline Wheeler, age 77 of Downingtown passed away on April 13, 2019. She leaves to rest, her son Shawn Rodney Wheeler and his wife Michelle Wheeler, sister Beverly Williams and brother; Henry Wheeler, her uncle; Milton Stewart- who was like a brother and was raised with Jacqueline from childhood. Jackie is also survived by her three grandchildren; Lauren Wheeler, Shakara Wheeler, and Athena Wheeler as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family.
Jackie was born January 14, 1943 in Philadelphia to the late Harriet Bailey and Albert Wheeler. Educated in the Philadelphia School System, Jackie graduated John Bartram High School before starting her career in upholstery manufacturing at the Fisherman Tobin Corporation. She also worked in childcare, assisting Military families at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Later she worked for LaFrance Enterprises where she made plaques for various car dealers and electronic companies. She went on to retire from LaFrance after 33 years of dedicated service.
Jackie was a devoted mother to her son, Shawn- the love of her life! Shawn was blessed to have a mother who would move Heaven and Earth for him! From the day that Shawn was born and through manhood- she cherished him. Jackie made sure Shawn always had the best of everything and later extended that same love to her nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Jackie lived a good life filled with trips, family functions and love of celebrating with those she cared about. She loved telling stories from her childhood and always included her brother Wayne and sister Beverly and Uncle Milton. Was was so special to her! Jackie also cherished her relationship with her mother. They were inseperable.
Jackie had a big heart and was very courageous. She adored every child near and dear to her, teaching them her survival skills. She had a way with words and was known as “small but mighty” and was very protective of her family.
She formed a special bond with her daughter-in-law Michelle who assisted Shawn in caring for his mom after she became sick. Michelle was like her “guardian angel” spending every day together until her death. Together, they would laugh at the stories of Jackie’s Adventures.
Jackie will be missed by her sister Beverly who affectionately called her “My Baby Sister”. The sisters would light up with joy when on the phone especially when Wayne would join the call. They were known to talk together for hours.
There were times when she would tell us stories about Uncle Milton while always encouraging us to stay out of trouble, be understanding and work hard. Words cannot express the love and devotion she felt for family. Her love was genuine and pure, surpassing any love you could imagine
God lent her to us for a time but we are all better for having known her. She’s in heaven, looking for her mother, father, nephew and grandson.
“Tell than we love them all and until we meet again, receive your mansion with God”.
Relatives and friends are invited to Jackie’s celebration of life on Friday, April 19th at 10:30 AM at Harvest Worship Center, 1295 Marshalton-Thorndale Road, Downingtown PA 19335. Interment is private. Friends may gather stating at 10AM.