Sept. 3, 1948 – June 26, 2014
(Sandra) Gale Wheeler passed away at the age of 65 on June 26, 2014 at Royal Jubilee Hospital, following heart complications, her family by her side. Predeceased by her brother Gordon, she is survived by her husband Percy, daughters Elizabeth and Kathryn, sister Margaret Anne and nieces Chelsea, Brianne, and Alec. Also survived by many longtime friends who were considered family.
Gale was born in Winnipeg on September 3, 1948 and grew up in Edmonton. Her travels in life allowed her the opportunity to live in many places including New Mexico, Hawai’i, Asia, England, Jasper, and Utah before settling in Cumberland BC, in 1991. She worked as a waitress, teacher, graphic designer, bus driver and tour organizer, mother, and just about everything in between. Gale approached everything with passion; Christmas, walking with dogs, camping, theatre, and painting amongst others. She cared deeply about Cumberland, including the United Church, but was particularly dedicated to volunteering, supporting, and participating with the whole community in general. Her paintings hang on and in the buildings along Dunsmuir Avenue. Gale was also devoted to KidStart where she became a mentor to Chloe, who was an important part of Gale’s life in recent years. For that, her daughters are forever grateful.
A celebration of life will be held August 23, 2014 at 1pm at the Cumberland United Church (2688 Penrith Avenue, Cumberland, BC, 250-400-7800). Donations can be made to KidStart or the Cumberland Forest Society.