Thelma “Tammy” Wheeler was born June 17, 1967 in Springfield, MA and passed August 21, 2001. She left this world in no pain and with no regrets.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her father and mother, Willie and Odessa Caston of California City, CA. Children: Deron Durham, Ebone’ Miles, and Etasha Caston; Sister: Karen Caston (Lancaster, CA); Brothers: Darriel Caston (Sacramento, CA), Butch Caston (Calgary Canada), and Steve Caston (Albany, OR); A devoted nephew: Anthony Caston (Lancaster, CA). Special Friends: Dean and Etasha Arnold, one of her best friends and youngest daughter’s godparents. Lola Villarreal, one of her best friends. Special and caring god parents of her other two children: Donald and Betty Ellis. And host of aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Tammy had a rich life. With her father in tile service, she had the chance to live in different parts of the United States and Europe. The places were Springfiefd, MA; Wilmington, NC; Little Rock, AK; Denver, CO; Columbus AFB, MS; William’s AFB, AZ; Randolph AFB, TX; Edwards AFB, CA; Sembach AB, Germany; Ramstein AB, Germany, and Aviano AB, Italy.
She graduated from Desert High School in 1985 where she played volleyball, basketball and ran track. She was very active in the youth program at Shining Light Worship Center where she attended church. She completed the discipleship program and was instrumental along with her sister Karen, in bringing their brother Steve and nephew Anthony to the Lord. Tammy recently started the King’s Kids Daycare. Before that, she was employed at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA.
Everyone has many parts that make up their character that make up that person, and Tammy was no exception. She was a loving mother, a good friend, a comedian at some family occasions and a faithful sister. There is always something in a person that is the core of them, that really defines them-call it their special gift and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Tammy’s special gift was that whatever the situation, she never let you leave without you knowing that she loved you, and that she sincerely cared for you. It seems such a small thing, but she left this world with nothing more to say, because we all know, everyone of us that knew and loved her, that she loved us. There is comfort in that. So, if you can take anything away from her life, then take Tammy’s gift to us all and make it part of your own. Let those around you know that you love and care for them.