Marguerite Yates Wheeler
February 13, 1947 ~ November 15, 2021
Marguerite Yates Wheeler, born February 13, 1947 in Brigham City, Utah, undeniably made this world a brighter and more beautiful place. Never wavering in her kindness, faith and conviction, she was, and still is, in the words of one of her grandchildren, “magical”. She was magical in her ability to be happy, even in the most difficult of circumstances. She was magical in her ability to be kind and gentle to everyone she met. She was magical in her ability to make others laugh without even really trying. She was magical in her ability to love, and to help others know that they were loved. But most of all, she was as magical in her ability to hear the voice of the Lord, and to instill confidence in others in their pursuit of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Her testimony of the Savior was ironclad and unshakable, and yet it was so simple and humble. She was fearless in expressing her love for God, and yet had a beautiful talent of doing so in kindness and authenticity.
Born the daughter of Joseph and Christena Yates — among many beloved brothers and sisters — Marge had a deep and abiding love for her parents. She was fiercely loyal to them, and always strived to honor them in every way. In the end, her life was given fully to God and her family, and her faith was the fuel that sustained every step, even in the last hours of her life.
Marge fell in love with Lynn Wheeler while attending Weber State University, and they were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple in 1966. In a relevantly short number of years, they were joined with the addition of six children, four girls and two boys. Beginning their family life in Ogden, Utah, they eventually moved further south to Fruit Heights, where they raised their children and spent the majority of their remaining years. Their final move was to Mountain Green to be near two of their daughters’ families during the last years of their life.
Marge had a brilliant and spontaneous sense of humor that was often described as being childlike, playful, and innocent. One of her greatest and most inspiring qualities was her ability to stay positive, hopeful, and happy, even during her most difficult hours, including in the twilight of her life when the mind began to succumb to the progressive effects of a crippling disease. Even during those times when life became a little confusing, lonely, or even frightening for her, she was slow to complain, and quick to thank God of Heaven for each blessing that was hers. Although her memories began to eventually fail her, she never once lost her spiritual core. She knew true joy because she had long since surrendered to her Savior. Teaching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to love the Lord was her greatest priority in life.
She commonly sacrificed her own comforts for the benefit of others. She was willing to give all she had to help lift and bless those around her. She always strived to serve others with her whole heart, and her love and laughter was contagious. She connected with and loved those who felt marginalized by others. She had faith in others, even when they had lost faith in themselves. Her prayers were a force to be reckoned with, and many will testify that when she prayed for you, the Lord listened intently. The effect of her prayers could be tangibly felt by others, and when you came into contact with her, you could bet the farm that you would land yourself into her next evening’s prayers. She prayed for everyone by name.
Marge was well-known for her love of candy bars and chocolates. During the 1980’s, she captured the heart of the youth in her ward with her infamous Sunday School “candy bar” class. To the dismay of other teachers who were now experiencing a sudden shock to their attendance rolls, it became apparent that Joy had taken on its new form… in the “Almond Joy”. Her love for Rocky Roads and Idaho Spuds never faded.
In the end, our beautiful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, wife, and friend, departed this life with the peace that came with a life centered in Christ — with her children singing primary songs to her for the last time as she took her final breath.
For the past several months, Marge had commented to her children that she wanted to go home. Thinking she was perhaps confused, they often replied, “Mom, you ARE home. This is your home.” But she would always reply, “No… my other home.”
She missed her husband, her parents, and other family and friends that had preceded her, and most of all, she missed her best friend, Jesus Christ.
Marge has gone home. We will miss her sorely, but we are thrilled for each moment we were privileged to spend with her. And we know, just as she knew, that this is not the end, but rather a new beginning.
There is now one more beam burning brightly along the shore, and if you look for it, it will help guide you safely home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, West Weber Cemetery.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Marguerite’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.