Sandra, a resident of West Point, Utah passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on June 14, 1948, in Richland, Washington to Averill L. Porter and Betty Margaret Morgan. She was born on Flag Day and told by her parents that the flags lining the streets were in celebration of her on her birthdays. She often called her parents, “gypsies” as they traveled often. She attended 13 different schools in Washington, Idaho, and Utah. She finished high school at Tooele High graduating in 1966.
She worked for Clearfield Job Corp. as a secretary and started a ceramics class to help students attending the school find an outlet for their creativity. It was here she met the love of her life, Gary Wheeler. He often filled his coffee mug at her desk to spark conversations. They were married on September 30, 1982, and then sealed in the Ogden temple the following year, on October 1st with their 5 children. She then worked for Job Service of Clearfield and The Department of Workforce Services as a secretary and employment counselor. She loved helping people when they fell on hard times and found a rewarding career in assisting them to get back on their feet.
She was always a very talented painter and painted beautiful ceramics. She took an oil painting class in her 60s and loved painting landscapes and animals. She taught us that no matter how old you are, you can learn something new and enjoy it. She was always a crafter and enjoyed creating home decorations. She filled our home with décor for each and every holiday and loved celebrating every holiday BIG.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the West Point 16th ward. Her favorite calling was chorister, and she loved selecting musical numbers to match the daily lesson plan.
She is survived by her two sisters, Janet (Curtis) Groskreutz of West Haven, Utah and Starla (Lynn) Stevenson of Brigham City, Utah; her daughters, Kristina Earle of West Point, Utah, Jeannie Miller of Temecula, California, Kassi (Daniel) Stuber of Louisville, Kentucky, Brittany (Jeremy) Strong of West Point, Utah, and Brooke (Mark) Jensen of Morgan, Utah; 27 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sweetheart, Gary Wheeler; her parents, Averille and Betty; her son, Robert Earle; son-in-law, Benjamin Miller; and her grandchildren, Avery and Sam.
Her funeral services will be held on Friday, May 20th at 11a.m. at the Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 South 2000 West, Syracuse, Utah. Friends may visit the family on Thursday, May 19 in the evening, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to https://healthcare.utah.edu/foundation/give.php designate University of Utah Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of Sandra’s obituary page.