SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Muriel Parker Wheelock, 96, of Springfield, Vermont, passed away Monday, March 6, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt. Due to declining health, she left Springfield to live with her son and his wife in Calais, and subsequently moved to Lincoln House in Barre, Vt.
She was born on Aug 21, 1920 to Arthur and Christie (Parker) Parker in East Montpelier. She attended the Morse School on Horn of the Moon Road. A voracious reader, she had many fond memories of gathering books from residents on the County Road.
She graduated from Montpelier Seminary in 1938, valedictorian of her class. In 1940 she graduated from Lyndon State Teachers College. She taught in both West Barnet and Lyndonville before her marriage to Elroy Wheelock on May 8, 1942 in Newbury.
The couple moved to Springfield, Vermont and had two sons, Brian and Tim. She spent many years as a special education teacher in the Springfield school system.
She enjoyed picking strawberries, raspberries, and made many trips to Alstead, N.H. for blueberries. Muriel was on the yard sale circuit and could be found most Saturday mornings searching out the bargains of the day, making many friends along the way.
She is predeceased by her husband, Elroy and sister, Marion Beardsley. Survivors include her sons Brian, and his wife Shelley of Springfield, Tim, and his wife Ann of Calais, three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren children, as well as her sister’s children and their families.
There are no calling hours.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Springfield. At her request, a pizza party and fellowship will follow the service.
Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. is assisting the family with arrangements.