Mae Whitney Wheeler, 99, of Astoria, died Saturday, June 2, 2007, in Astoria.

She was born July 19, 1907, in Breckenridge, Minn., to Thomas F. and Bess (Kunkel) Whitney.

She was raised in Whitefish, Minn., and moved to Astoria in 1925.

She married Delbert L. Farmer Oct. 3, 1927. He preceded her in death.

Ms. Wheeler worked as a cook in a logging camp for firefighters; at the seining grounds off Miller Sands; for Kaboth horse seine; at a fish hatchery; at a photo studio; at several canneries; at a drugstore; at a clothing store; and on the Astoria-Megler ferries. During World War II, she worked as a log scaler, a scaler-measureman and was a volunteer plane spotter.

Family members said she was a lifelong railroad buff who loved to travel by train back to Whitefish every year. She was a tailor and seamstress who also loved to knit and crochet. She enjoyed flowers, and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

Ms. Wheeler is survived by a daughter, Susan F. Vernon of Astoria; a grandson and spouse, Blaine and Tina Vernon of Astoria; a great-granddaughter, Alisa Marie Vernon of Olney; three nephews, Dan and Rich Kelley of Astoria and David Kelley of Michigan; and a niece, Laura Boehm of Svensen.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, two brothers and four sisters.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Olney Grange. A reception will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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