November 12, 1923 - October 27, 2013

Burial Date November 9, 2013


WHEATLEY, SHIRLEY B., 89, of Brookfield, died October 27, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield. She was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Brookfield, the daughter of Arthur and Ruby (Reed) Bennett. She was raised in Brookfield and attended Williamstown High School and Burlington Business School. She was married to Stanley Peake in Williamstown on Nov. 8, 1942; he died in 1943. She was then married to Walter “Wayne” Wheatley in East Brookfield on Jan. 3, 1947. Shirley farmed with Wayne and had worked for 16 years for Mekklesen Trailer Sales, retiring in 1989. After retirement, Shirley and Wayne wintered in Florida. Wayne died in 2005. She was a member of the East Brookfield Congregational Church and Eastern Star Beulah Chapter #15, and enjoyed gardening, knitting, and leather crafting. Survivors include her sons: Stanley Wheatley and wife, Sharon of East Brookfield, Lynford Wheatley and wife, Jill of Randolph Center, Alan Wheatley and companion, Holly Harrington of East Brookfield, and Dale Wheatley and wife, Dotty of Shelton, Wash.; daughter, Diane Pettersen and husband, Carl of East Randolph; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the East Brookfield Congregational Church, with Pastor Joshua Drake officiating. Burial will follow at the East Brookfield Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

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