Mrs. Wheeler was born Aileen Vandenburg, one of five siblings in the Bessemer, Ala., area. She met and married the love of her life after she and her sister were employed in a local factory supporting the war effort. She was in-troduced to the man she would marry when he returned from the war and they lived happily together for the next 56 years. Mrs. Wheeler lived with her husband in Alabama until his health made it beneficial for them to join their only daughter, Linda Brown, in the north Georgia area.
Mrs. Wheeler now spends her days with her daughter, son-in-law, grandsons and their families as well as her loyal dog, Lucy. The family reports that Lucy adopted the patient; when they first met, Lucy put her paw and her head in Mrs. Wheeler’s lap and the two became instant friends. Lucy doesn’t like to be out of her sight and circles her chair when she senses the need to protect her patient.
Mrs. Wheeler states that spending time with her family brings her the greatest joy and delight. Nearly every Friday evening her grandsons and their families, including five great-grandchildren, come to the home of Mrs. Wheeler and her daughter and son-in-law for a meal and a night of family activities.