Bettye D. (Dean) Wheatley

November 3, 1922 ~ February 26, 2019 (age 96)

Bettye D. Wheatley, 96 of Cambridge passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at UMSMC at Dorchester. She was born in Cambridge on November 3, 1922 and was a daughter of the late Evelyn Henry Christopher.

Mrs. Wheatley graduated from Cambridge High School class of 1939. On March 17, 1943, she married Roland E. Wheatley, Jr., who passed away on February 12, 2005. Bettye, also known as mom, mom mom, and GG brought many unforgettable memories to her loved ones. She enjoyed sitting by her pool, baking chocolate chip cookies with her grandchildren, making pepper relish, singing, and reading. Especially the newspaper. She hosted “Sunday dinner” almost every Sunday for her family. Christmas was by far her favorite holiday, she loved seeing her Christmas tree decorated and hosted a gathering each Christmas Eve for her family. She was known by her friends and neighbors as the “matriarch of algonquin,” as she would always be up to date on new happenings in the neighborhood. Although a woman of few words, she spread her love through her unforgettable smile and heart full of laughter and joy. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by three daughters Sandy Brinsfield and husband Russell of Vienna, Kathy Leonard and husband Michael of Cambridge, and Lisa Collison and husband Chuck of Cambridge, two sons James Wheatley of Trappe and Bobby Wheatley and wife Penny of East New Market, seven grandchildren Eric J. Wheatley, Stephen Leonard and wife Janice, Christal Weymouth, Melissa McAllister and husband Kevin, Amanda Fenstermaker and husband Phillip, Megan Plummer and Brea Plummer; nine great-grandchildren, Hailey, Kent, Helena, Claudia, Naomi, Isaac, Ava, Lucian, and Slye and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters Bobbi Brown, Jean Messick, a brother, and a granddaughter Monica Wheatley.

Pallbearers will be Michael Leonard, Stephen Leonard, Chuck Collison, Phil Fenstermaker, Chris Willey and Richard Blake. 

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 11 am at East New Market Cemetery with Rev. Mary Ann Farnell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Baywater Animal Rescue, 4930 Bucktown Road, Cambridge, MD 21613 or to a charity of your choice.

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