Beverley Kay Wheeler passed away September 4, 2020 at Casper Mountain Rehabilitation and Care Center at the age of 76 from Alzheimer's.
Beverley was born on June 23, 1944 to Marcus and Ferne Hamm in Oakland, California. Her family moved back to Colorado after the war. She graduated in 1962 from Adams County High School in Commerce City, Colorado. After graduation she continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado where she graduated with a B.A. of Special Education in 1965. In 1966 she moved to Casper, Wyoming to start her first teaching job as a Special Education teacher at A.J. Woods School. A couple of years later she continued her education to achieve a M.A. of Special Education from Montana State University. She was a Special Education teacher for 35 years in Rawlins, Wyoming and Casper, WY when she retired.
In 1969 Beverley married Wayne Wheeler and they had two daughters. They were married for 30 years. They divorced in 2000.
Bev loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed writing short stories and water painting anything. Her favorite past-time was going and sitting down by the river and sketching or painting the wildflowers. She would take pictures of old barns or pickup trucks and then transform them into watercolor pictures. Her other favorite past-time was to sing in the Casper Civic Chorale and listening to bluegrass music and attending bluegrass festivals. She was involved in all sort of different groups in Casper: OLLI classes at Casper College, Genealogy, Audubon Society, Beginning Experience, Geological Association, Hospice, and the Suicide Prevention Task Force. She also a member of Eastern Star. Beverley was also active in her church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she was a member.
She was preceded in death by her father Marcus Hamm, mother Ferne Hamm, and Grandson Christopher Jacob.
Beverley is survived by her brother Edward Hamm of Sarcoxie, MO, two daughters, Angela Petersen and her husband Bobby (Pavillion, WY), Michelle Martinez and her husband Marty (Casper, WY), two granddaughters Nichole Vogt and Makayla Vogt (Pavillion, WY) and one step-grandson Martin Martinez, Jr and his wife Krista (Vancouver, WA).
A Celebration of Life will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00pm. With refreshments and a visiting period afterwards.
In lieu of cards and flowers the family is asking for any donations to be sent to Hospice.