Kathleen "Kathy"'s Story

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Kathleen "Kathy" E. Wheeler, of Crossville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the Life Care Center of Crossville.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 53 years, Fay W. Wheeler; her daughter April Tazelaar and son-in-law RJ Tazelaar of Nashville, TN; and cousin, Michael Bierman of Edinburgh, Scotland.
She was preceded in death by her father, John H. Christie; mother, Kathleen (Reilly) Christie; and brother, Iain Christie.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 16, 1935, Kathy spent all of her young adult life in Edinburgh. She later became a legal secretary with the British Air Ministry and the Edinburgh Police Department. In 1961, she immigrated to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen in 1964.
While working with her husband in the grape and wine industry, she became the first American woman ever to be knighted as Master Lady in the Ancient Ducal Order of the Cross Burgundy in Dijon, France. She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Texas and in Tennessee. After retirement, Kathy served more than 13 years as a Hospice volunteer in Cumberland County. She was also an active member of the First Congregational Church of Crossville.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on January 26, 2017
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