Annette Wheeler McCulloch
July 17, 1942 ~ September 19, 2022
On the morning of September 19, 2022, Annette Wheeler McCulloch, our beautiful loving mom and grandma passed away in the comfort of her home and made the transition into the heavens. Her absence from our lives is felt painfully deep. She was such a bright light here on Earth.
She is survived by her children, Bryant McCulloch and Karie McCulloch and her grandchildren, Austin McCulloch, Kydon McCulloch, and Escher McCulloch. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Barrow (whom she missed every day) and her parents, Marian Lefgren and Merlin Royle Wheeler. Annette Wheeler McCulloch was born on July 17, 1942 in Ogden, Utah and started her life journey.
Annette was a graduate of both Ogden High School and Weber State University. Outgoing and active during her academic years, she was part of the following; OHS Tigerettes Drill Team, OHS Acapella Choir, WSU Drill Team, WSU La Dianaeda Girls Club, and was Weber State’s Homecoming Queen of 1961. Her energetic charisma and beauty were something to be admired during those years.
Graduating in the education field she spent 28 years working as an Elementary School Teacher for the Ogden School District. She always spoke fondly of her days teaching and exhibited a heartfelt passion for the field. Her positive impact on the students in her classes reverberated throughout her life. Many adults made time to acknowledge her in adoration. They would laugh and smile while recalling tender memories of being a beloved student of hers when they were a child. During her workforce career, she also volunteered time to the community as a member of the Women’s Junior League of Ogden. She devoted 12 years of service to the Junior League, holding various roles/titles including Coordinator, Trainer, Provisions Director, and Community Vice President. These selfless acts and countless hours of service contributed to the betterment of the community.
Annette was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a profound love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and shared her testimony frequently with all. Her warm and innocent soul always looked to the heavens with a twinkling eye. Her devotion to the light of God was inspiring and never wavered throughout her life’s journey. She consistently dedicated time for ‘temple work’. Annette found spiritual solace and strength in visiting the temples of the Church.
Annette had many talents and interests, finding true joy in living. She had a deep unconditional love for family. She cherished spending time with her family and made an intentional effort to show them all how much they were loved and important to her. Her smile and laughter were contagious. Often you could find playful Annette singing and/or dancing spontaneously. She would enroll others into connecting with their inner child to enjoy the simple things life offers.
Annette savored food and treats! Those who knew her could identify the giddy face made when she would bite into a delicious treat, cheeks full with childish delight on her adult face. And she was an amazing cook, her wonderful holiday meals would cause everyone to drool. Annette adored reading, you could often find her sitting quietly with a good book in hand, lost in thought.
She enjoyed golf and was excited to play every chance she could get. As a skilled golfer, she belonged for many years to the Women’s Riverside Golfing League. Annette valued her friendships and would vacation frequently with friends, returning with stories of fun and adventure. She also was very enchanted with Hawaii and had the opportunity to bond more than once with the islands. Each time she returned home, she would say, “when do we get to go again”.
In her final years, Annette was honored to live with her daughter and grandchildren, sharing a home full of love and life. She also created a connection with the house dog who comforted and protected her.
Annette remained good-natured and happy on her last days and exhibited grace and peace upon her final breath. She sincerely lived a full meaningful life. In recollection, she adhered to the mantra of a sign that hung above her kitchen for many years which stated, ‘LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN, LOVE MUCH’.
We love you Annette, mom, grandma. You will be forever missed here on Earth.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.,
Food and life celebration with be held on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the LDS Church in Mountain Green, 5378 West Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, UT 84050.