Beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Frances Kay Allred Wheeler passed away peacefully, surrounded by family members, in the early morning hours of January 25, 2024. Frances was an extremely selfless woman who loved her grandchildren, and her tiny dog “Rainy” more than anything on this earth. She was a genuinely beautiful person, both on the inside and the outside, who was known for her witty sense of humor.
She was born in Ogden, Utah to Vernon Allred and Wyona Anderson Allred on November 25, 1949. In her younger years, she loved to ride horses with her father and her sister in the open fields of West Ogden. She went on to graduate from Ben Lomond High School in 1968. During her early adult years, she embraced her natural love of children by working at a day care, and by following an educational path that led her to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Weber State University. Frances was an exceptional teacher who worked for many schools throughout the Davis County including: Burton Elementary, Layton Elementary, Oak Hills Elementary and Foxboro Elementary. She loved her profession and was awarded the “Apple for the Teacher Award” for her caring, talented services.
She loved science and conducted fun experiments both in her classroom and at home with her children/grandchildren. While doing these experiments, she so playfully dressed like “Miss Frizz” from The Magic School Bus. Frances was also an extreme animal lover. At home and in her classroom, she raised chickens, ducks, Guinea pigs, and even butterflies.
After meeting Benjamin Ross Wheeler at a square dance, they fell in love and married on December 22, 1973. They went on to have three children Amy, Ann, and Benji.
Frances was a master of many arts, but she had an especially strong passion for sewing. She was often giving her sewing crafts to loved ones and sewed baby blankets for each one of her grandchildren. Frances loved the outdoors-especially when she was in her yard gardening. In her later years, she selflessly cared for all of her grandchildren in such a fun and supportive manner.
Frances is preceded in death by her father, her mother, her beloved sister and fellow adventurer “Peggy” and her granddaughter “Jane.” She is survived by her children Amy Morrow (Dan) Ann Moulton (Simon) Benjamin Wheeler (Angela) and her five grandchildren: Alyson, Rusty, Bridger, Jacob, and Jenna.
Her viewing will take place at Russon Mortuary (295 North Main Street) in Bountiful, Utah, on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. A viewing will also be held Wednesday morning from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Orchard Chapel (115 East Wicker Lane) in Bountiful, Utah.
Services will be streamed live on the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page and on this obituary page. The live stream will begin about 10-15 minutes prior to the service and will be posted below.
Frances, we love you and will miss you so much. You had your students sing “Angels Among Us” each year and now, you are truly an angel among us.