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Mary Wheeler

Mary Wheeler

(1918 – 2011)

  • Lit by Kirsten Anderson
  • It was a honor to have known you, Mary.
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  • ...forever in our hearts.
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Mary Wheeler

Mary Wheeler
(1918 – 2011)

In memory of

Mary Wheeler

(1918 – 2011)
About Mary
Mary Pollard Wheeler was born in Raton New Mexico, in April 1918. After a full and loving life, she contracted pneumonia and passed away in Taos New Mexico, February 2011.
Her father, Wilson Pollard, was a locomotive fireman, and was killed in a train wreck when Mary was 2 years old. Her mother, Kathleen, married Judge Kiker, the traveling circuit judge for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Mary had an older brother Wilson Pollard Jr. (Bo), and a younger half-brother, Henry Kiker. (both deceased) They first moved to Taos when Mary was 9, and she loved riding her horse Rex, on the mesas.
Her family spent three years at Mabel Dodge Luhan's, living in one of her guest houses. Mary had exposure
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About Mary
to a lot of people and artists, including and Dorothy Brett and Nicolai Fechin, who painted her portrait. She made many lifelong friends in Taos, including Elaso and Emily Concha from the pueblo.

Mary earned a Bachelor's degree from Colorado College and a Master's in public health education from the University of California Berkeley. She returned to New Mexico and went to work for the National Youth Administration. In 1950 she went to Chicago, the headquarters for the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, and did fieldwork for them in Louisiana.

She met my father, Dinsmore Wheeler, in Taos, when Dins traveled to New Mexico to see where D. H. Lawrence lived. They were married
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in Chicago in 1952, and moved to Cleveland, where she had a career in public health. They had one son, Robert K. L. Wheeler, and one grandchild, Kathleen Alexis Wheeler (Alex).

Mary spent more than 30 years splitting her time between her public health career in Cleveland, Ohio, and her husband Dinsmore's family farm outside Milan Ohio. When Dins passed away in 1981, she said she wanted to go home to New Mexico, Ohio was too flat and too green, and her husband was gone. Dinsmore preceded her in death by 30 years and 1 day.

Mary built a retirement house next to the existing house on her 2 acres in Taos. She lived there until the last few years of her life, when she was moved to the Taos
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Living Center, where she was loved and cared for by the extraordinary staff. Her niece by marriage, Marion Meck, (Mimi) took faithful care of Mary during the last 15 years of her life.
A quote from Mary, taken from a 2008 New Mexico Magazine article on her:
"I've always had a love of people. It didn't matter whether they had money or not, and I've never had any kind of feelings about race or religion, So get out and enjoy people. Love people. That's the important thing."

She made a life by following her heart, public opinion be damned.
She was my friend, as well as my mother.
I miss her.
Remembrance Messages
On 12th Mar 2011
Ann Bloodhart
wrote:
What a Beautiful Tribute Robert! I'm so sorry for your loss.
Remembrance Messages
On 19th Feb 2011
curtis h
wrote:
I grew up a couple of miles away from the Homer Page Farm. I remember her smile!
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Kindly lit by
Kirsten Anderson
on 4th Jul 2015
Kindly lit by
Anon ymous
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
It was a honor to have known you, Mary.
Kindly lit by
Anon ymous
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
...forever in our hearts.
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Mary Wheeler

Mary Pollard Wheeler was born in Raton New Mexico, in April 1918. After a full and loving life, she contracted pneumonia and passed away in Taos New Mexico, February 2011.
Her father, Wilson Pollard, was a locomotive fireman, and was killed in a train wreck when Mary was 2 years old. Her mother, Kathleen, married Judge Kiker, the traveling circuit judge for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Mary had an older brother Wilson Pollard Jr. (Bo), and a younger half-brother, Henry Kiker. (both deceased) They first moved to Taos when Mary was 9, and she loved riding her horse Rex, on the mesas.
Her family spent three years at Mabel Dodge Luhan's, living in one of her guest houses. Mary had exposure...

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Kirsten Anderson
Anon ymous
Ann Bloodhart
curtis h
Robert Wheeler
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