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Patricia (Murphy) Wheeler

September 2, 1949 ~ December 7, 2021 (age 72)


Cabot -    Patricia (Patti) Murphy Wheeler, 72, of Cabot, Vermont, passed away peacefully on December 7, 2021 at the McClure Miller Respite House in the Town of Colchester, Vermont after a valiant struggle with cancer. Patti was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed by her entire family.

Born in Montpelier, Vermont on September 2, 1949 she was the youngest of three children born to James and Irene (Harvey) Murphy.  James and Irene later divorced. Patti and her two siblings (Ann and Dennis) later became the step children of Frank Judson Kelley after he and Irene married.  Patti and her siblings soon became part of a larger family with the birth of three step brothers (Judson, Peter and Scott) and a step sister (Laurie). On February 10, 1968 Patti married Phillip (Skip) Partridge in Barre, Vermont.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of one daughter (Shannon).  Phillip and Patti divorced in July of 1971. 

On May 18, 1991 Patti married Lawrence (Larry) Wheeler in Montpelier, Vermont forming a blended family with Patti’s daughter Shannon and Larry’s two children, Eric and Josie. Patti worked for thirty years in various administrative positions for the State of Vermont, retiring in February of 2009. In her retirement Patti enjoyed traveling, especially to the Maine Coast, flower and vegetable gardening, attending the outdoor, summer concerts in Island Pond, feeding and watching the birds and spoiling her grandchildren and great granddaughter as much as possible. But in the spring of 2021 Patti’s health began to decline from  numerous causes.  After being diagnosed with cancer in September of 2021 Patti retained her cheerfulness and good spirit right to the end.

The family would like to thank the loving and caring medical staff at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont and the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vermont for keeping Patti as comfortable as possible during this troubling time.

Patti leaves behind her loving husband Larry Wheeler, children Shannon Partridge, Eric Flanagan and Josie Lang, a sister Ann Murphy, step siblings Judson Kelley, Scott Kelley and Laurie Kelley. Patti also leaves behind grandchildren Jeremy Bigelow, Shelby Bigelow, Kayla Page, Samantha Flanagan, Zoe Lang and Benjamin Lang and great granddaughter Kinsley Bigelow, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Patti is predeceased by her father James Murphy, mother Irene Kelley, stepfather Frank Judson Kelley, brother Dennis Murphy, step brother Peter Kelley and brother-in-law Bob Murphy.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:00 am, at the Eaton Cemetery in Marshfield, Vermont. In lieu of flowers the family would like to ask that donations be made to the Good Samaritan House, 105 North Seminary Street, P.O. Box 1104, Barre, Vermont 05641 (  Arrangements are in care of the des Groseilliers Funeral Home, 97 Church Street in Hardwick. Memories and condolences are welcome at

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