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3/24/2013 7:53:00 PM
Elizabeth Schaefer Wheeler

Elizabeth “Betty” Schaefer Wheeler died March 17. She was 87.

Mrs. Wheeler was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Portland to William and Gilberta Schaefer. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy and attended University of Oregon and University of Washington, majoring in art. She married Dr. John Joseph Murphy in 1949. He died in 1969. She married Coleman Wheeler Jr. They resided in Portland and Santa Barbara. After his death in 1982, she moved to Spokane where she was part of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

She is preceded in death by her husbands; and sister, Marian Schaefer Pearson. She is survived by her son, Dr. William Murphy (Mary) and daughter, Dr. Margueritte Murphy (Dr. Brian Cooper); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, at St. Thomas More Church. 

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