Florence Sutherland Wheelock, 98, of Omaha, NE formerly of Conrad, IA passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 in Omaha. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the Conrad United Methodist Church in Conrad. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m., until the time of the services. Inurnment will be at Conrad Cemetery. The Johnston Funeral Home in Conrad has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Florence was born the daughter of Idella Graves Sutherland and Lafe Wesley Sutherland, on May 8, 1914 in Knoxville, Iowa and died in Omaha, Nebraska on September 28, 2012. She was the second oldest of 14 siblings. She was preceded in death by Ruth (Clayton) Kephart, Lucille (Elwood) Hutt, Irma (Orian) Prickett, Maxine Sutherland, John Dale (Betty) Sutherland, Irene (Warren) Jordan, Richard Sutherland and two infant boys. Surviving their sister are Jessie (Barney) Dawson, Fern (Leslie) Groeneveld, Geraldine (Wayne) Brown, and Robert (Dorothy) Sutherland. Florence graduated from Liscomb High School, and worked in Des Moines for a time until she married Calvin Simon Wheelock on December 22, 1936. They were married at the home of Wilbur and Bessie Wheelock Plager at the Y on Hwy 14. They moved a house from Whitten to the farm (now a Century Farm) north of Conrad in 1938. They were married for 68 years until Calvin died in 2004. Shortly after that, she moved to Kansas City where she lived with Russel and Debbie Wheelock and then to Omaha, where she was cared for at Comfort Care Homes for the remainder of her life. During their marriage, they became parents to Gerald (Carol) Wheelock of Huntsville, Alabama, Russell (Debbie) Wheelock of Kansas City, Missouri, twins Nancy and Neil Wheelock, who died in infancy, and Bonnie (James) Harmon of Omaha, Nebraska. Also surviving are grandchildren, Celeste (Craig) Bell, and children Will and Tyler Crubaugh; Robin (Rob) Jones and children Robby, Steven and Reese; Josh (Christie) Harmon and children, Aliyah and Kaden; Abbe Martin and son Noah; Kari (Anthony) Ferro and children Grayer, Bella and Julian.
Florence spent hours in her garden during the summer, cultivating and nurturing vegetables. She prepared an endless variety of vegetable dishes and preserved jars of fruits and bags of frozen produce for the coming winter. Bushels of green beans and tomatoes were shared with community and church families. She milked cows and sold the cream. She dressed hundreds of chickens and packaged butchered meat and froze that, too. Florence was also an amazing seamstress. She often made children's clothes without a pattern and altered most of the patterns she did use, so they took advantage of every bit of available fabric, which in the early years, was recycled from feed sacks. Florence was a natural mentor, and served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girls 4-H Club leader. She worked diligently within her church, the Conrad United Methodist Church, and served on many committees. Along with this, she is remembered as a wonderful parent and grandparent, who shared her knowledge of life and the world with so many who loved her. Throughout their married life, Florence and Calvin shared their home with his parents, and in later years, Florence cared for them daily. She kept close ties with her own parents and her brothers and sisters all through their lives. She had a deep interest in family members from both sides and kept everyone updated on each other. For all those who knew her, she leaves behind a great legacy of love, involvement, and hard work.