VERO BEACH, FL — Nancy Ruth Cotton Wheeler passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her entire family who brought love and comfort to her side. Born June 21, 1932 in Wilmington, MA, the third child of Joseph and Ruth Cotton. Nancy grew up in Barnstead, New Hampshire and graduated from Pittsfield High School.
Nancy was quick minded and full of clever observations. These characteristics encouraged her extensive family and friends to be the best versions of themselves. She had a knack for drawing people together and thrived in the often-boisterous environments that followed.
In quieter moments Nancy put her hands to work crafting incredible and expansive gardens, pausing only when it was time to bake batches upon batches of cookies to share or perhaps read one of her favorite thriller novels.
Nancy & Gene were married in Concord, NH in 1981 and soon after purchased a home at Sea Oaks Tennis Club where they enjoyed friendly competition in both tennis and golf. Many victories were shared but the friendships that were created were always the most treasured. Still, it was a surprise to her when her friends presented her the Sea Oaks Miss Congeniality award
Nancy is survived by her husband of 39 years, Eugene M Wheeler of Vero Beach Florida and her 4 children, 2 stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Her children Rickie Tasker of Barnstead, NH, Melanie Ekstrom of Pembroke, NH, Susan and husband John Sargent of Hopkinton, NH, and Russell and wife Linda Elkins of Loudon, NH. Her stepchildren, Allison and husband William Wolf of Alexandria, VA and Andrew and wife Michele Wheeler of West Palm Beach, FL. Her surviving sister is Sandra McKenzie of Alton, NH. She was predeceased by her sister Roberta (Bobbie) Heywood, and her brother Joseph (Sonny) Cotton.
The entire Wheeler family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Sea Oaks community for their loving and generous support along with the invaluable care and compassion from both VNA and VNA hospice who assisted throughout her illness.
Services for Nancy will be private and held at a later date in Barnstead, NH.
Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Sea Oaks Landscaping committee, Sea Oaks, 8811 Hwy A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL, 32960 or to a charity or non-profit that has touched your life.
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