Margaret Knowles Thornton Bryan Wheeler, 86, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Thursday morning, June 19, 2014, in Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center at Elkins.
She was born Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1927, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of the late Dudley Chipley and Bland Boardman Thornton.
She was twice married. First, in 1951, to Taylor Bounds Bryan, who preceded her in death. Second, in 1975, to Daniel Wheeler, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Julie Corboy and husband, Brad, of Hume, Va. and Connie Bryan Hepler and husband, Don, of Elkins; 11 grandchildren, Chris and wife, Lira, Nick and wife, Kate, Phil and wife, Cynthia, Jenny, Mac and wife, Haven, Melanie, Emmett, Robyn, Kim and companion, Chuck, Karen and husband, Tommy, and Brandon and fiancee, Amanda; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was one great-grandchild.
She attended the schools of Washington, D.C., graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School with the class of 1945. She later graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries, but spent her early married life raising her children. She later relocated to California, and completed an Associate of Arts, majoring in English and music. She had a passion for learning and was certified in teaching English as a second language. She tutored Spanish speaking adults for many years. Margaret was a published and gifted writer and was best known as a newspaper columnist for the Potomac News in Woodbridge, Va., from 1994 to 2006.
She loved music, having played the piano most of her life. She learned the violin in college and became an accomplished violinist, playing in community orchestras in California and Virginia. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church at Manassas, Va., where she was a member of the Chancel and Handbell Choirs until relocating to Elkins in 2008.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 24. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home Tuesday at noon with the Rev. Donald Hepler officiating. Mrs. Wheeler will then be moved to Baker-Post Funeral Home at Manassas, Va., where friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Vinnie Lainson will officiate, and interment will follow in Rock Creek Cemetery at Washington, D.C.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Margaret Knowles Thornton Bryan Wheeler. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.