Barbara Edythe "Bobbie" Brown Wheliss, 87, died peacefully at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh, NC early Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Born May 8, 1927 in Tampa, Florida to Charles C. Brown and Margaret M. Brown, Mrs. Wheliss was a lifelong lover of animals, a world traveler, a laboratory technician, an English teacher, a wordsmith and lover of books, and was unfailingly devoted to her family and friends.
Mrs. Wheliss moved to Raleigh when she was young, graduating in 1945 from Needham B. Broughton High School. She was active in the Raleigh Little Theater. She attended North Carolina State University but transferred to Women's College in Greensboro, NC (now UNC-G) where she received her Baccalaureate in English in 1949. Mrs. Wheliss taught eighth and ninth grade English in Statesville, North Carolina from 1949-1950. In 1950, she married Dr. John Angus Wheliss of Rockingham, North Carolina, then a Pre-Med graduate from Davidson College. The couple moved several times while Dr. Wheliss was completing his medical training, first moving to New York City while Dr. Wheliss was at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. While in New York, Mrs. Wheliss worked at Lederle Labaratories as well as in the histology lab at Columbia Presbyterian Medical School. They moved twice more to Bluefield, WV and Durham, NC, having sons John, Jr. and Charles during this time before settling for good in Raleigh in 1961. She served as president of the Wake County Medical Society Auxilliary and sat on the boards of several charitable organizations. She was especially interested in the welfare of animals and adult literacy.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. John A. Wheliss, to whom she was married for 56 years until his death in 2006, and her sister, Julia Draper Brown. She is survived by her sons, John A. Wheliss, Jr. and Charles R. Wheliss, and by her granddaughter Ann M. Wheliss, as well as by many nieces, nephews, and much loved cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Springmoor on a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Wheliss requested donations be made to the SPCA.