Darlene Wheeler


Darlene “Mimmie” Wheeler was born on February 4, 1954 to the parents of James Arthur Wheeler and Jattie Mae Duff. Darlene was the oldest of her twin sister Charlene by just a few seconds. She was the second to the youngest of seven girls.

Darlene attended Linden McKinley High School; she grew up on the north side of Columbus. Her mother made the girls attend Greater 11th Baptist church where she was introduced to Christ at an early age. Darlene recently attended services when she could at Kingdom Life Church where she found comfort in the ministry of Apostle Mary Crutcher. She attended the Break Every Chain conference and Aftercare program; she shared her wisdom in there and loved to attend the meetings. As a child Darlene enjoyed reading, and being around her twin sister Charlene, older sisters, and friends in the neighborhood.

Darlene worked for The Kroger Company for over 20 years she was known for her affectionate smile, quick wit and the Wheeler stare that would stop you dead in your tracks if you thought about doing wrong. Everyone knew Monday’s dinner menu: Pinto Beans, Cornbread and Fried Chicken wings! Darlene loved music Old School was her favorite and she was known for her Blue Monday Parties in which people in the neighborhood would come to the house to enjoy music, a good card game and Darlene chicken wings and fries. She kept her love of reading she has a vast variety of books in her library, she also enjoyed Backgammon (in which she cheated) card games and board games in which she loved playing Connect 4 with her great grandchildren. Darlene loved fashion and her love of jewelry has been passed down to her daughter, she would always have on a pair of unique earrings to match her ensemble.

Darlene presented herself a True Woman and she earned her respect by being an example of how woman should present herself. She kept her old school traditions; she was an example of what a true friend should be. If she did not like you, she did not hide it she did not believe in being fake to nobody. She was full of “jewels” in which she gave to her children and grandchildren in which will be greatly missed. When you asked her for advice she spoke with wisdom and truth, so you had to put on your Grown Women/Men pants because she was not going to sugar coat anything. These moments will also be missed.

Darlene is proceeded in death is her parents, James Arthur and Jattie Mae Wheeler; son, Edward Wheeler; sisters, Pauline Coles, Aletha “Susie” McCarthy, and Beatrice “Bea” Stabler; aunts, Tessie Hall, Lucille Marr, Mamie Mitchell, and Ella Duff; uncle, Paul E.I. Duff; grandparents, Reverend Walter C. and Christine Duff; niece, Melissa McCarthy; and nephews, Jeffrey McCarthy and Fred McCarthy.

Darlene leaves to cherish her sweet memories her only daughter, Mara Wheeler; only granddaughter, Marchae Wheeler; grandsons, Terrence Willis Sr, and Malik Wheeler; great grandchildren, Harmonee Young, Terrence Willis Jr, and Alaya Willis; twin sister, Charlene Wheeler; sisters, Ollie Mae Curtis and Bernadine McCarthy; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

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    Darlene and I have been friends for many years. She will be sadly missed.

  2. Sending condolences from the Weems Family! So sorry for your loss!

  3. Gonnie (Gonzetta) Goins

    I send my prayers and sincere condolences to Darlene’s family. My heart goes out to her family during this difficult time. Darlene, Charlene, and I met in elementary school. May she rest in peace.

  4. Kimberely Smith Jenkins

    Mara sending condolences, prayers, hugs & love to you and your family at this time for your loss of Ms. Wheeler .

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