"I've had a wonderful life surrounded by love and beauty." Repeated often, and among her last words, Elizabeth "Beth" Wheeler left us November 3rd, passing peacefully at her home in Mancos, Colorado, after sharing her love of life one last time with the Wheeler and Folsom families, under the tender care of Anne Jensen. As one card she received stated, "You are Kind, Courageous, Strong, Determined, Inspiring, and Loved. " Beth's smile would light up a room.
"Cancer sucks." Beth wanted friends and readers to know the four signs of ovarian cancer: Bloating, eating less and feeling full, abdominal pain, and bowel trouble. In her amazing positive way, she was proud to have recently contributed to research at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Passionate about calligraphy, music, hiking, rafting, travel, reading and writing, Beth held a variety of reading education positions in Arizona, Mancos, and New Mexico. Known for her genuine concern for life and learning, Beth taught reading to Navajo children for 13 years.
Born in Kentucky and raised in Wolcott, Indiana, an opportunity to work at Mesa Verde N.P. brought Beth to southwest Colorado. There she met the love of her life, Herb Folsom, and their "dog of a lifetime" Hermosa. Actively engaged in a wide array of local arts, music, cultural and environmental organizations, Beth added to the beauty and vitality of the Mancos Valley community.
Beth is survived by her husband of 32 years, sister Lisa Friedman (Randy), and brothers Fred Wheeler and Eric Wheeler (Allison).
Beth's wish was for people to donate to the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, or Mancos Valley Resources Nordic Trails. Specify that the gift is for "Beth's Barn", a shelter to protect cross-country trail grooming equipment.
A memorial celebration will be held next spring in Colorado.
Published by The Journal on Nov. 9, 2021.