Anna Lee Thornton Newbold Wheeler, 87, of Hood River, Ore., died Jan. 16, 2013, of pneumonia at the Hood River Care Center in Hood River, Ore. She was born on April 10, 1925, to Ki Lane Miller Thornton and Fern Oberman Thornton in Oakland, Ore., and was raised on a farm there.
Her father died when she was 1 year old, and seven years later her mother married Floyd Kellogg, also of Oakland.
Anna Lee loved the farm life and her home town, Oakland, and spoke of these often throughout her life. When she was a senior in high school her parents moved to Portland, Ore., to find work. She stayed in Oakland with family and friends to finish high school.
After she graduated, she moved to Portland to join her parents. There she met Donald Newbold, and in 1948 they were married. Four children were born to them in Portland. They later moved to Gresham, Ore.
After 20 years of marriage they divorced, and in 1972 she married Henry Wheeler, known as Hank. During their years together they lived in Los Angeles, Calif., Sweet Home, Ore., and Lebanon, Ore., and owned a mobile home park in Sweet Home and later another mobile home park in Pacific City, Ore.
After being widowed she bought a trailer park and motel in Cascade, Mont., and lived there with her oldest son, Randy. When he died, she sold it and moved to Umatilla, Ore. She later moved to the Hood River area, where she lived the last 15 years of her life.
She was a generous, optimistic and happy person, always busy, and loved to have company. She loved birds and wildlife and nature and loved to pick berries and other fruit for jams and pies and canning.
Anna Lee is survived by her sister, Joyce Skinner, of Corvallis, Ore.; daughter Lori Kirkwood, of Mt. Hood-Parkdale, Ore.; sons Barry Newbold, of Sandy, Ore., and Bruce Newbold, of Milwaukie, Ore., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Wheeler, her son Randy Newbold, her brother Kenneth Thornton and her grandson Kyle Kirkwood.
Her ashes will be placed in her father’s (Ki Thornton) grave in Fair Oakes Cemetery, in Sutherlin, Ore.
Condolences are being received online.
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