A beloved personality
Mrs. Mary Jane Wheeler of The Bungalow, Worbarrow Bay, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, at the age of 81 years, following an illness which commenced suddenly on July 30th.
A native of Yorkshire, Mrs. Wheeler had been twice married, and on Friday afternoon she was interred in the grave of her first husband, Mr. John Greenwood, who predeceased her by 52 years, at Southend-on-Sea.
To the small community at Worbarrow Bay, the people of Tyneham, and many more in that cleft in the hills of Purbeck, Mrs. Wheeler’s death has brought a sense of irreparable loss. They mourn the passing of a friend who never failed, and for whom their affection was won by a kindly and sympathetic disposition, and by rare generosity. No-one ever turned to Mrs. Wheeler for help, advice, or sympathy in vain.
Not only residents of that part of Purbeck where Mrs. Wheeler was so loved, but visitors, soldiers, airmen, and others can testify to her goodness. During the days of war, when the military had charge of a look-out station at the Bay, she opened her home to the men, provided hot baths and placing a room at their disposal.
On an occasion when a seaplane descended in the Bay, it was Mrs. Wheeler who provided the occupants with accommodation, giving them every comfort, until such time as they were prepared to depart. Holiday makers, campers, and others have found in her a true friend, always prepared to help them, and to make their stay more pleasant.
Mrs. Wheeler was interred by her own special wish in the vault of her first husband, at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and among the many wreaths sent were the following:
- Michael, Lorna, and Patrick: In loving memory.
- Amy, Arthur, and Norman: With ever loving memory to dear Auntie.
- Reg., of Australia: In affectionate remembrance.
- Owen, Idris [Ellis]: Sincere love and sympathy.
- Winifred and Clarence [Brachi]: With great love and deep sorrow.
- Florrie and Glen: With loving and deepest sympathy.
- Maude [Ellis]: With grateful and loving remembrance.
- Trevor [Ellis]: To dearest Mother.
- David, Anne, and Mary [Brachi]: With love from her children.
- Mrs. Norman Briggs: With ever loving memories to a great and noble woman.
- Mrs. R. J. Oliver and Violet: In grateful remembrance of her kindness.
- Elsie Schries and Margaret Boston: In ever loving memory.
- Rev. and Mrs. L. Wynne: In memory of an old friend.
- Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Olive and Mabel: In very loving memory.
- Mrs. L. H. Gilbert: In loving memory of a dear old friend.
- Mrs. Haley and Olga: In loving remembrance.
- Annie and Julia and Mrs. Warr: In loving memory.
- Rosetta Fraser: With deepest sympathy.
- Douglas, Ada, and Tony Wheeler: With love and sympathy.
- Mrs. H. Cundall: In loving memory of a very dear friend.
- Mr. C. Bayer: With deepest sympathy.
- Harriet, Grace, and Sally: With love for the best lady we have ever known.
- Harriet and Charles Miller: In ever loving memory.
- Jack and Miggie [Miller]: To our dear old friend.
- Mrs. Rose: With much love to a dear friend.
- Mrs. Herd: With deepest sympathy.
- Percy and Ellen Kerley: In kind remembrance.
- Mrs. J. Toms: With deep sympathy.
- The Nurses: With kind thoughts.
- Mrs. A. Moor-Shaw: In loving remembrance.
- Mrs. F. J. Wheeler, Alice and Willie: With deepest sympathy.
- Mrs. Frank Berryman and Mrs. Titchmarsh: In affectionate remembrance.
- Miss Edith Gamble: In affectionate memory.
- Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Kirton: With sincere sympathy.
- Mrs. Walter Ware and Reg.: In loving memory of a dear Gran.
- Mr. and Mrs. John Annereau: With kind remembrance.
- Mr. Francis Briggs: In memory of many happy days.
The relatives of the late Mrs. M. J. Wheeler, of Worbarrow, Corfe Castle, wish to thank their many friends for the kind letters of sympathy and beautiful flowers.
Published by Western Gazette, 26 August 1932