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JOPLIN-A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oakton Cemetery for Florence Darlene “Dee” Wheeler-Rockhill (Begley), 68, Joplin, who died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. Rev. Tom Welch will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Daniel Funeral Home, Lamar.


Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.


Condolences may be sent at www.danielfuneralhome.net.


Survivors include two sons, Jeff Begley and wife Susan, Lamar and Todd Begley and wife Mary, Tecumseh, Okla.; two daughters, Melissa Wilkinson and husband T.J., Milton, Fla. and Brenda Fenton and husband Rick, Frederick, Okla.; her children’s father, Don Begley, Lamar; a sister, Eleanor Sills, Vancouver, Wash.; 17 grandchildren, Marci (Kip) Sosa-Vallez, Tim, Jeffrey (Cassie) and Kennan Begley, Heather (Arnold) Castillo, Elijah and Isaiah Begley, Christopher (Breann), Brittany, Galilee and Brayden Buic, Jordan Fenton, Alysha Payne, Elayne (Steven) Garrick, Sarah (Jesse) Crook, Shiloh and Brandon Wilkinson and 21 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by a son, Keenan Lee Begley; a sister, Hilda Clark, and two great-grandbabies, Trenton and Chloe Wescott.


Mrs. Wheeler-Rockhill was born July 3, 1945, at Bolivar, to Jasper and Cleo (Rockhill) Wheeler. She moved with her family to Oregon where she attended nursing school and had worked in the state DHS office. She cooked at Shawnee Baptist College for several years, played the piano and wrote poetry.


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