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Agnes Cecelia “Cele” Wheeler, 76, of Chaptico died June 5, 2012, in Chaptico surrounded by her family.
Born Dec. 3, 1935, in Hurry, she was the daughter of the late James Harry Knott Sr. and Alice Elizabeth “Pet” Thompson Knott.
She was the wife of James Leonard “Boots” Wheeler, whom she was married to for 57 years. He preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2009.
She is survived by her children, Debbie Hall (Mike), Betty Riffle (Pat) and James Wheeler Jr., all of Chaptico, Theresa McKinney (Ricky) of Clements, Joseph Wheeler (Ann) of St. Inigoes and Mary Wheeler (significant other, George Kennett) of Avenue; son-in-law, Roland McKay of St. George Island; 19 grandchildren, Beverly McKay, Jason McKay, Candance McKay, Bobby Hall, Deana Click, Tony Hewitt, James “Tater” Hewitt, the Rev. Patrick Riffle, John Riffle, Steven Riffle, Hannah Riffle, Becky Riffle, Tiffany Lawerance, Laura McKinney, Robert “Bobby” McKinney, Ryan Wheeler, Katie Ramos, Daniel Hazell and Joseph Hazell; 17 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trevor, Joshua, Holly, Erin, Shelby, Amanda, Jason, Paul, Josie, Joshua, Ashlyn, Johnny, Bella, Hunter, Adian and Blake; one great-great-grandchild, Jayden; and her in-laws, Shirley Knott of Clements, Ann Patton of Valley Lee, Agnes Cecelia Lang of Great Mills, Margaret Wheeler of Clements, Delores Wheeler of Hollywood, Elaine Wheeler of Great Mills and James Patton of Valley Lee.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Gale McKay; son-in-law, Paul A. Hewitt; and her siblings, James Harry Knott Jr., Joseph Elmer Knott, Leonard Edward “Ned” Knott, Helen Elizabeth Nelson, Ruth Ann Schuhart and Mary Louise Wheeler.
She attended Margaret Brent School and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County.
She could often be found planting and tending to her numerous flower gardens, from which her entries in the St. Mary’s County Fair won her many ribbons.
She enjoyed playing bingo with friends. She loved the little things in life, like the baby goslings that followed her around the yard picking at her white tennis shoes until she gained the name of “Mother Goose.” She loved picking fresh vegetables, berries and fruit on the farm to serve fresh or make into one of her homemade desserts. She was a very competitive croquet player and managed to win no matter how hard others tried to beat her. She could make the most delicious stuffed hams. She was the life of any family get-together, and always made others laugh.
The family will receive friends today, June 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., with prayers to be recited at 7 p.m., at Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, with the Rev. Patrick Riffle officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Bushwood. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Katie Ramos, Bobby Hall, Tony Hewitt, James “Tater” Hewitt, Jason McKay, Robert “Bobby” McKinney and Ryan Wheeler.
Memorial contributions may be made to an act of kindness or the charity of the donor’s choice.