Reta Jean (Wheeler) Carder, daughter of the late Ray and Allie Edith (Brown) Wheeler, was born July 8, 1955, in Cabool, Missouri, and departed this life March 2, 2019, at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri. She was 63 years, seven months, and 25 days of age.
Reta grew up in Cabool, Missouri. She met Ronald Carder and they were married July 26, 1971. Four children were born to this union.
Reta worked doing laundry and being a certified nursing assistant. She enjoyed working with her flowers, gardening, being outdoors, and riding horses. She also enjoyed sewing and spending time with her kids and grandkids and her in-laws. She liked going to church and reading her Bible.
Reta was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Carder; her father, Ray Wheeler; her mother, Allie Wheeler; and one sister, Missy Wheeler.
She is survived by three sons, Michael Carder and wife Iva, Jamie Carder and wife Donna, and Timmy Carder and wife Angela, all of Norwood, Missouri; one daughter, Melissa Thornhill and husband Brad of Mountain Grove, Missouri; five grandchildren, Scotty, Tiffany, Alyssa, and Tristen Thornhill, and Kimberly Carder; five sisters, Barb Woodmansee, and husband Buster of Bolivar, Missouri, Sherry Thomas of Willow Springs, Missouri, Connie Reed of West Plains, Missouri, Della Wheeler of Nixa, Missouri, and Louise French and husband Jerry of Mammoth Springs, Arkansas; one brother, Ronnie Wheeler of Hartville, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her very much.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Green Mountain Cemetery with Rev. Frank McCune officiating. Song selections were “Just A Little Talk With Jesus,” “In The Garden,” and “One More Day.” Burial was in Green Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.