Doris Marie Eoff Wheeler, 90, of Early died early Friday morning at CARE Nursing Center. Graveside funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Loving Family Cemetery in May. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 16 at Heartland Funeral Home.

Doris was born in Blanket on June 5, 1926. She was the daughter of George and Lucile Eoff. She attended Blanket School. She married DeVern Wheeler at Salt Creek Baptist Church on Sept. 10, 1944. They celebrated 67 years of marriage together. Doris and DeVern owned and operated Wheeler’s D & D Trim Shop in Early for over 60 years. There were many fun times at “The Shop” as it was the neighborhood hang-out.

Doris was an active member of Early United Methodist Church, being part of the original founding group which moved from Johnson Memorial Methodist Church. She loved helping people and served meals on wheels until she was in her early 80s. She was a sweet, kind woman and will be greatly missed by many.

She is survived by her son, George Wheeler and wife Vicki of Early; three daughters, Sandra Wylie of May, Emma Williams and husband Dennis of Early, and Exa Villa and husband Chris of Houston; 11 grandchildren, Robert Speck and wife Amanda, Jennifer Stephens, and husband Blake, Crystal Denman and husband Larry, Crystin Carothers and husband Jack, Andrew Wheeler and wife Megan, Laura Hancock and husband Shawn, John Williams, Justin Williams, John Smith and wife Elena, Kristi Huxford and husband Brent, Chad Smith and Amber Byler; and 17 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, GW Eoff and wife Una May; sisters Emma Jean Jones of Blanket and Mildred Haynie and husband Hershel of Humble; sister-in-law, Barbara Eoff of Clyde. There are numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, DeVern; her parents George and Lucile Eoff; two daughters, Laura Jean Wheeler and Verna Marie Wheeler; and two brothers, Drew Eoff and Bert Eoff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent to Early First United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 3281, Early, TX 76803.

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Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.