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Obituary-Kathaleta Hawkins Wheeless

Kathaleta Hawkins Wheeless was born July 31, 1910, in Hereford, Texas, to Daniel Webster Hawkins and Emmagene Cathey Hawkins.

She died Jan. 15, 2012.

Kathaleta married Dalioun Barry Wheeless on Aug. 5, 1939.

She had three children: Daleta Jane Reno (1940), Barry Don Wheeless (1943) and Michael Ray Wheeless (1945).

Grandchildren include Christopher Reno, Scott Reno, Whitney Wheeless, Julie Wheeless, Lori Wheeless and Paul Wheeless.

Great-grandchildren include Christian Reno, Jasmine Reno, Max Reno, Eliot Rowe and Miles Rowe.

Kathaleta moved to Amarillo, Texas, after graduating from high school in Hereford, Texas. She met and married Dalioun in Amarillo in 1939. After short stays in Longview and Oklahoma City, they moved back to Amarillo where they lived for over 60 years.

Kathaleta was active in the San Jacinto Methodist Church (later the Covenant Fellowship). She spent many happy years traveling with Barry around the United States in their Streamline trailer. They first visited the Pagosa Springs area in 1939, and continued to come to the Bruce Spruce Ranch near Pagosa for as long as they were able.

A son, Mike, died in 1987 and her husband, D.B., died in 2001. Her grandson, Paul, died in 1991. In 2008, she moved to Pagosa Springs to be close to her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Treva Wheeless. She lived in Pagosa until her death. The last years of her life, she lived in loving care at Al’s Place. It was a perfect home for her.

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend as she shared her love, determination, caring for others and her wisdom.

Kathaleta maintained her wit, sense of humor and positive attitude until the end of her blessed life. She truly was a positive influence on all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please send it to the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association or the Archuleta County Education Center.

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