Sylvia Griffith Wheeler, poet and author, of Las Cruces, NM, passed away Jan. 30, 2012, at the age of 81. Sylvia is survived by her sister Maria DeLongy; daughter Alicia and husband Richard d'Autremont; son Jim and wife Nancy; son Tom and wife Julie; and grandchildren Kerstin, Ben, Alena, Mark and Rachel. She also received tremendous support and love over the past nine years from her personal caregiver Lilly Gomez.
A visitation and memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Penwell Gabel Funeral Home, 14275 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS, with a visitation at 9 a.m., and service at 10 a.m. A private graveside service will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka, KS. Sylvia and family request that in lieu of flowers donations be given to the public library in your community. To leave the family a message, please visit www. Penwellgabelolathe.com.