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In loving memory of


September 12, 1933 - December 7, 2014


On December 7th 2014 at 7am in Plano, Texas, Barbara Miller Hervey was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was surrounded by her loving family.  Barbara was 81 and born in Cherokee, IA on September 12th, 1933.   Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Merle and Maybelle Miller of Cherokee, IA.   She is survived by two sisters: Marla Hembree of Kansas City, KS and Patricia Thomason of Houston, TX; her children  Valerie Maniscalco of Chicago, IL; Tamara and Stephen Volner of Little Elm, TX; Kyle and Barbara Wheeler of Tucson, AZ; Sean and Susan Wheeler of Loveland, CO; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 Barbara spent much of her life teaching children academics as an elementary school teacher and about the love of Christ as a Sunday school teacher.  She was a longstanding member and Elder of the Presbyterian Church USA.   She also volunteered and supported the mission of Puentes de Cristo (whose mission statement is: “Serving Christ's people on the border since 1981”. 







On September 11, 12 and 13, 2015 Barbara's sons and daughters decided that the most fitting way to memorialize and celebrate their mother's life was to hold a large family gathering on the anniversary of her birthday (Sept 12th) in Estes Park, Colorado.  Barb always loved the mountains of Colorado and took great pride in her Scottish ancestry.  It happened that on that weekend in Estes Park, Scotsmen and women from all over the country (and even the world) gathered there for a very large Scottish Festival of games, food, and music.

We all stayed at the YMCA of the Rockies just outside of Estes Park which turned out to be a wonderful place to stay with everyone comfortably ensconced in their own rooms at night in the large YMCA lodge, able to rest up after busy activities during days full of warm sunny weather and from long evenings catching up on tales of "old times and good memories".  All this while imbibing in celebratory adult beverages (or just chaste beverages) along with the usual fattening snacks.  There was  enough variety of daytime activities to satisfy  everyone's taste and as a family we again enjoyed each others company.  Barb would have loved it.

See here photos of all of us in Colorado Sept 2015

Obituary Fact Sheet


·     Age at death-: 81

·     Residence at death:  McAllen, Texas

·     Cause of death; Respiratory Failure


·     Date of birth: September 12, 1933

·     Place of birth: Cherokee, Iowa

·     Names of parents: Lee Merle and Maybelle Warren Miller (Maiden Name: Malcom)

·     Childhood:  Early childhood was spent in Cherokee, IA; Raised by parents who were also professional

      educators.  Young Barbara also spent her time looking after and playing with her two younger siblings

      Marla and Pat.

·     Marriage(s): date of, place, name of spouse: Marriages include Duane Wheeler of Cherokee, IA; Walter

      Hervey (deceased) of New York, NY and George Fink (deceased) of Alma, Michigan

·     Education: school, college, university and other: Graduated: Cherokee High School, Wayne State

      Teacher’s College (B.A.), University of Arizona (M.Ed.)

·     Employment: Barbara’s life work was dedicated to education of children.   

·     Places of residence: Born Cherokee, IA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO, Escondido, CA; Denison, IA, San

      Manuel, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Dallas, TX; McAllen, TX; Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

·     Charitable & Religious affiliations: Long-standing member of the Presbyterian Church USA and served

       as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of McAllen, TX.  Volunteer and Supporter of the mission of

       Puentes de Cristo (whose mission statement is: “Serving Christ's people on the border since 1981”)  

       She summarized her commitment Puentes as follows: “I love helping mission teams.  They arrive here

       all enthusiastic and work very hard in the Reynosa heat without air-conditioning and sometimes only a

       bucket of water to use for bathing.  Then they leave dragging and bedraggled, vowing to appreciate all

       that they have.  Most of the time they come back every year.”

        ·    Unusual attributes, humor, other stories: In 1983, Barbara started teaching at “Our Lady of Sorrows

             Catholic School".  She used to say  that she was their “token protestant”. 


         ·   Spouse: Widowed

  ·   Siblings include: Marla Hembree of Kansas City, KS and Braxton and Patricia Thomason of Houston, TX

  ·   Children include: Valerie Maniscalco of Chicago, IL; Tamara and Stephen Volner of Little Elm, TX; Kyle

      and Barbara Wheeler of Tucson, AZ; Sean and Susan Wheeler of Loveland, CO.

  ·   Grandchildren (11): Andrea and Kyle Forster of Lubbock, TX, Danielle Cunningham of Lubbock, TX,

      Rob and Nicky Wheeler of Tucson, AZ; Jamey and Stacey Maniscalco of Chicago, IL; Craig and Andrea

      Wheeler of Tucson, AZ; Randi (Volner) Ellerbee of Plano, TX; Ryan  Maniscalco of Chicago, IL; Todd Wheeler of

      Tucson, AZ; and Noah Volner of Little Elm, TX; Michael Zeller, Longmont, CO; and Justin Zeller,

      Loveland, CO.

 ·    Great-grandchildren (5) Austin Forster Lubbock, TX, Zachariah Kane, Plano, TX; Brandon Ellerbee,

      Plano, TX; Silas Zeller, Longmont, CO; Ella Joy Wheeler and Lydia Grace Wheeler, Tucson, AZ


 ·      Curioso” (Her beloved cat) 




                Poem (Author unknown)                            


      Miss me but let me go


I have come to the end of the road

The Lord has taken me.

You need not weep for me any more

Why cry for a soul set free?


Miss me a little but not too long

And not with your head held low.

Remember me for the joy we shared

Miss me but let me go.


This is a journey we all must take

And we must go alone.

This is a part of the Master’s plan

Now heaven is my home.


When you’re feeling lonely and sick of heart

Go to family and the friends we know.

And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds.

Miss me but let me go.


The photo on the right was given to me by Barbara's daughter Tammy when I visited her in Dallas earlier this year (2015). She said it was one of her favorites of her mother because it reminded her of what a joyful person Barb was and what a "fun" person she was to be with. I believe this photo was taken (1996-1997) when she worked as a missionary in Morelia, Mexico.