Spouse: Lois Nichols Wheelock
Marriage: 3 Jan 1864
Birth: 12 Nov 1937, Northfield, VT
Father: Truman Earnest Neill
Mother: Madine Grace Hathaway
Spouse: Everett Roger Allen
Marriage: 18 Jun 1958, Jerico, VT
Spouse: Dexter Wheelock
Marriage: 8 Dec 1883, Adams Co, IL
Father: Almon Milo Wheelock
Mother: Philomene Bourgeois
Birth: 1 Mar 1929, Warren, Warren Co, PA
Death: 27 Feb 2007, Enfield, Hartford Co, CT
Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, Warren Co, PA
Father: Ellis Harold Wheelock
Mother: Marion Fawcett
Spouse: Roderick Beebe Sullivan
Marriage: 23 Mar 1952
Divorce: 5 Sep 1979, Enfield, CT
Betty Jean Wheelock was born in Warren, Pennsylvania 1 Mar 1929, daughter of Ellis Wheelock and Marion (Fawcett) Wheelock. She grew up in Russell, PA, and attended the Russell High School, grades 1 through 12, from 1935 to 1947. She was very active in the high school, was well known and well liked by all. She played guard on the Varsity Girls Basketball team, and remained an active fan of girls basketball for the rest of her life. She was a member of the school band, played piano and saxaphone, and was the lead Drum Majorette. She continued her love of the piano into adulthood, playing frequently for herself and family. Betty was active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and enjoyed bicycle riding.
After graduation she worked for a time at Bell Telephone (June 1947 - Sept 1948) before beginning her nurses training at Women's Christian Association Hospital, in Jamestown, NY. At the time, careers for women were against the cultural norm, but she was determined to advance her education and provide for her own means. After several years of study she graduated in Sept 1951 with a Nurses Diploma. She pursued the profession of nursing in various capacities until her retirement in 1993. Though not always easy, the work served her well, and would provide a much needed financial boost to her family in coming years. It was through nursing that she met her future husband, Roderick Beebe Sullivan, of Jamestown, NY. They married in the Russell Methodist Church in Pennsylvania on 23 Mar 1952.
Betty's nursing helped fund her husband's education at the University of Maryland, during which time she worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (Mar 1952 - Oct 1952), and then at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. (Oct 1952 - Sep 1953). Her first son, Roderick Beebe Sullivan, Jr. was born 19 Oct 1953. For a time afterward, Betty was unable to work, resulting in financial hardship for the family. These were difficult months, but she soon started work again at Prince Georges County Hospital, Maryland, and later at Glendale Hospital, Glendale, Maryland.
In 1956, her husband finished his degree in Business Administration, and the family moved to East Hartford, Connecticut, where he found employment with Pratt & Whitney, and later with Connecticut Light and Power. Despite the demands of motherhood, Betty worked part time at the Hartford Hospital. In 1 Mar 1957 the family moved to Marlborough, CT, and a month later her second son, Kevin Ellis Sullivan was born on April 10th.
Her husbands career required frequent moves. The family moved to Bristol, CT, in the summer of 1962, to Southington in the summer of 1966, and to Somers in the summer of 1972. During this period, Betty continued to work as a nurse at local hospitals. For a time she worked as a Visiting Nurse with the Meridan Visiting Nurses Association.
In 1979 she moved to Enfield, Conn, where she remained for the rest of her life. In a desire to advance her education and strengthen her nursing credentials, she went back to school at Eastern Connecticut State University, where, in 1986, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
After 42 years of professional nursing, she retired in 1993. In retirement, she actively pursued her hobbies which included playing golf, sewing, gardening, traveling, and investing. She was a member of the Veterans Golf League in East Long Meadow, the Somers Congregational Church, the American Association of Retired Persons, and worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross.
In 2003 she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She fought the disease with chemotherapy for three and a half years, before succumbing to it's ravages. On Feb 27th, 2007 she died in the comfort of her home, with her children nearby.
(Written by Roderick B. Sullivan, Jr, Dec 2001, and March 2007)HOME INDEX
Birth: 20 Mar 1885
Death: 8 Dec 1885
Father: Charles Stowell Wheelock
Mother: Lydia Louise McDonough
Birth: 20 Jul 1857
Death: 6 Nov 1936
Father: Henry Francis Wheelock
Mother: Louisa Abigail Rice
Partner: Watson Benjamin Hewett
Birth: 22 Mar 1863
Father: Henry Wheelock
Mother: Cordelia McCach
This is probably the Henry F. Wheelock who died in 1935, and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Oxford Co, ME. He is buried next to his wife, Henrietta J. (Warren) Wheelock. (Src: FindAGrave memorial number 173419869, online at www.FindAGrave.com, retrieved Dec 2016.)HOME INDEX
Birth: 2 Sep 1812, Eden, Lamoille Co, VT
Death: 9 Nov 1881, West Boylston, Worcester Co, MA
Father: Walter Wheelock
Mother: Betsey Johnson
Spouse: Stillman Stone
Marriage: 30 Jan 1837, Eden, Lamoille Co, VT
Birth: Dec 1848, NY
Death: after 1900
Father: Rufus Wheelock
Mother: Hannah Robinson
Partner: Gilbert GardnerHOME INDEX
Spouse: Rufus W. Wheelock
Marriage: 10 Sep 1873, Lawrence, Essex Co, MA