Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Doris Wheeler

Doris Mary Wheeler was the only child of Clifford Wheeler and Irene Larkins Wheeler. She was born July 26, 1910 in Sandusky, Ohio. For part of her young life, Doris was raised by her grandfather, Thomas F. Larkins and his second wife Emma. Doris attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and she was confirmed by Rev. J. A. Griffith. When in her teens, Doris participated in a beauty contest held at Cedar Point.

Doris Wheeler married Steen Parker in 1927. Sadly, Doris died from cancer when she was only in her thirties, on May 6, 1943. She died before her mother and beloved grandfather. Doris Wheeler Parker is buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. She is buried next to the second wife of her maternal grandfather, Thomas Larkins. Doris was very close to her step grandmother, Emma Larkins. As is often the case in certain Irish surnames, the last name of Larkins is sometimes spelled without an "s" on the end, and sometimes it is spelled with the final "s." The stone memorializing Doris Parker and Emma Larkins is found in Oakland Cemetery's 11-B section, south of the main entrance.

Pictured below are Doris and Steen Parker and their son Steen Thomas Parker, fondly known as "Tommy" about 1927.

A newspaper article from the Sandusky Star Journal, April 21, 1921,reports about a club to which Doris and her school friends belonged.

1 comment:

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Dorene, I loved getting to know Doris. She was a beautiful woman and I can see why she was a beauty contestant. Thanks for sharing some details of her short life with us.