Elaine Cynthia Wheeler (nee Hassett), 1923-1981 #MondayMusings

Today the AIP #MondayMusings series takes us back to a very special post in June 2015. Elaine, Nana, remains the primary inspiration for continuing with this project. Although I never met her, I feel as though I know her through family stories, memories and through the many ancestors discovered by this project. I stated in this post that I felt I had yet not done justice to her memory; a difficult task, but one which is being put to rights.

Monday Musings 2018

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Elaine Cynthia Wheeler. Nana. The sole inspiration for this Anglo-Indian Project – as mentioned in previous posts. After months of searching for records, information, stories, anecdotes and anything I can get my hands on – and i’m still going – I have accumulated masses. Along with Stanley Wheeler – Elaine’s late husband, my grandfather – I feel that I have not done justice to either of them yet. This will now change. There are still plenty of other avenues to explore, but this post will focus on Elaine.

I never got to meet Nana. She died, tragically young, aged 57 in February 1981. I was born in October 1981. Less than eight months after her death – so I can take some solace in the fact I was technically ‘around’ for the final month of her life – and maybe influenced at the time by her without realising.

Read more about this inspirational lady at: Elaine Cynthia Wheeler (nee Hassett), 1923-1981


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