Marlene Hignite Wheeler Ettinger 1933-2014

Marlene Hignite Wheeler Ettinger, 81, of Ashland, KY passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at King’s Daughters’ Medical Center in Ashland, KY.

Mrs. Ettinger was born on October 8, 1933 in Ashland, KY, a daughter of the late Franklin Thomas Hignite and Mary Marcum Hignite.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Ettinger, two sons: Paul Anthony Wheeler and Keith Edward Wheeler, two brothers:  Claude Hignite and Clyde Hignite, two great grandsons: Keith Edward Wheeler, Jr. and Stephen Tyler Hensley; and several half-brothers and half-sisters.

Mrs. Ettinger was in the food service industry with the American Legion and the Ashland Senior Center both in Ashland.  She was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for both the American Legion Post #76 and for the Moose Lodge #892 in Ashland, KY.  She enjoyed playing card games, especially solitaire, her pets, and watching Hallmark and Lifetime movies.

Mrs. Ettinger is survived by two daughters:  Sharon “Suzie” (Terry) Hensley of Flatwoods, KY and Brenda (Paul) Rogers of Ashland, KY; a son, Richard Allen (Julie) Wheeler of Ashland, KY; two sisters, Yvonnia “Jackie” Dickison of Ashland, KY, and Lucille Johnson of Ashland, KY; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with Pastor Tim French officiating.  Burial will follow in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, KY.

Visitation will be from 11 AM until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be left at


#2 BJ Wheeler Porter 2014-10-25 00:01
You will be missed Aunt Marlene. We loved her very much even though we didn't see her a lot after we grew up. She was always great to me and my sisters. She will be missed so much by everyone that knew her. Now rest in peace my wonderful Aunt. Love you.
#1 terry hensley 2014-10-21 08:27
we called her granny, she was very close to us. she would call suzie every day to make sure everyone was ok. her fried chicken & garden salads were legendary. she loved her grandchildren & great grandchildren. rest in peace granny we love you & will miss you :)

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