Mary Louise (Marylou) Wheeler, 81, of North Tustin, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2008. MaryLou was born in El Dorado on July 26, 1926, and was married to Ross, her childhood sweetheart, on June 15, 1947. They moved to California in 1950, after living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois and resided in North Tustin for 48 years, raising five children. After attending Butler County Community College, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from CSU Fullerton.


Mary Louise (Marylou) Wheeler, 81, of North Tustin, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2008. MaryLou was born in El Dorado on July 26, 1926, and was married to Ross, her childhood sweetheart, on June 15, 1947. They moved to California in 1950, after living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois and resided in North Tustin for 48 years, raising five children. After attending Butler County Community College, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from CSU Fullerton. 

MaryLou served as the executive director of The Friendly Center of Orange, taught sociology at the college level and was appointed as commissioner and vice chair for the Orange County Housing Authority. She remained extensively involved in church and volunteer service for many decades. MaryLou was a woman of great strength and character, who took immense pride in her family and loved her friends dearly.

Predeceased by her husband, Ross Waldo Wheeler; son, Brent Thomas Wheeler; parents Jesse and Jessie Keith; brother, Chester Keith; and sisters, Rosalie Coburn, Helen Deutcher and Virginia Hull.

 Survived by her sister, Doris June (Sally) Ball; daughter, Brenda (Michael) Angier; three sons, Robert (Kathy), John (Ellen) and Steven (Noelle); nine grandchildren, Sarah, Cailin, Sean, Craig, Serena, Riana, Heather, Patrick and Kathleen; and one great-grandchild, Kaila.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. May 2 at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana (1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705).

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 3, at the First United Methodist Church of Orange (161 S. Orange Street, Orange, CA 92866).  Internment will be at Fairhaven Memorial Park as a private family gathering.

Memorial gifts may be made to: The Friendly Center, PO Box 706, Orange, CA  92856, or to a charity of your choice.