BLUFFTON, SC -- Theresa Wheatley passed away at her home in Sun City (Bluffton) on Sunday, November 4, 2018. She was born November 27, 1932 in Washington DC. The middle daughter of Paul and Veronica Sheehy, she was married 57 years to her beloved Wilford "Red" Wheatley, who she had known since grade school.
She was a loving wife and mother and a devout Christian who was active in her parish community of Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton, and formerly at Jesus, Our Risen Savior Catholic Church, and St. Paul’s in Spartanburg. She was the beloved matriarch of the family whom she loved and prayed for regularly. She was a kind and devoted caretaker who tirelessly helped her husband and daughter through battles with challenging diseases.
In addition to her work in her parishes, she volunteered at the soup kitchen in Spartanburg, and she and Red worked with children in Hardeeville schools. She played basketball in her youth and always loved to dance. She enjoyed all of nature particularly sunsets, flowers, trees and birds and took in God’s creation in her daily walks.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Wheatley Troup, and her son, Timothy Wheatley. She is survived by her son, Paul Wheatley and his wife Linda of Orlando, FL; daughter-in-law, Beth Wheatley of Monkton, MD; sisters, Veronica Sheehy of Lexington, KY, and Mary Alice Mulroe (Martin) of Gainesville, VA; eight grandchildren, Robert, Daniel, Caroline, Juliana, Emily, David, Will and Sarah; three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton on Monday, December 3, at 9:30 a.m. with the Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. The burial will be held at Beaufort National Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Memorial gifts can be made to Catholic Relief Charities or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease ( https://www.michaeljfox.org). Catholic Relief Charities ( https://www.crs.org )works around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.