Mollie Wheeler

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mollie Marie Wheeler, 76, of Leawood, Kan., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Comfort Care Homes in Leawood.

She was born to the late Clyde and Hazel Furrow Horner May 7, 1934, in Risco, Mo. Mollie attended Bell City High School. She married Clifford L. Wheeler Sr. in 1950 in Piggott, Ark. He preceded her in death March 1, 2007.

Mollie enjoyed a 40-year career with the J.C. Penney Co., starting as a part-time sales associate in Sikeston, Mo., advancing to positions of personnel manager at the Sikeston and West County (St. Louis) stores, district fashion manager for St. Louis, regional fashion manager for the Midwest region (Chicago) and store manager of stores in Streator and Melrose Park, Ill., East Lansing, Mich., Elkhart, Ind., and Cincinnati.

Mollie was among the first women promoted to the position of store manager by J.C. Penney. She retired in 1994 and moved from Cincinnati to Cape Girardeau.

After retirement, Mollie became actively involved with La Croix United Methodist Church. She was proud to be a charter member and served as a member of the board of directors.

Mollie's passion was traveling. She loved to pack up her RV and hit the road. She visited all of the states in the contiguous United States as well as several locations in Canada. She was an avid golfer and loved to play bingo.

Mollie is survived by four children, Donna Wheeler of Cape Girardeau, Debbie (Ken) Hageman of Lee's Summit, Mo., Lee Ann Robinson of Cape Girardeau, Cliff (Debbie) Wheeler of Sycamore, Ill.; four brothers, Lex Horner of Dexter, Mo., Jerry and Joel Horner of High Ridge, Mo., Allen Horner of Imperial, Mo.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Musgraves and Regina Lang.

Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ron Watts officiating. Graveside service will be at noon at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.

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