Our beloved Tyna (McClure) Wheat passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with the love of her life by her side.
Tyna was born January 25, 1961, in Henderson, KY to the late Robert “RK” and Dorothy (Bellew) McClure whom she loved and missed deeply. She was a 1979 graduate of Henderson High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky.
On August 21, 1988 Tyna married Bert, the love of her life and partner for 30 years. Together they’re the very proud parents of their son Nate. Anyone who knew Tyna, knew just how much pride she took in being his mom. She spoke constantly about his successes, his adventurous spirit, what an amazing son he is and her love for him.
Tyna so enjoyed her time with family, especially relaxing near the ocean and traveling to exciting places with Bert, Nate and his partner China. Together they explored London, Paris, Emilia-Romagna, Rome and most recently Costa Rica. Although they lived in different cities, she always looked forward to spending quality time with her family and spoke about Angela, Rob and her goddaughter Sammy with immense love.
Bert and Tyna’s love story includes 30 year of marriage, being mom and dad to Nate, and living her passion through the business they built together.
Tyna was the co-owner of The Diamond Galleria since 2013 and held a deep passion for her work in the jewelry industry. Devoting over 30 years of her life to work in the jewelry business. Opening The Diamond Galleria was Tyna’s lifelong dream.
She created a reputable name for herself and the business across the country and within the largest jewelry associations. Tyna was Chair of the Board of Leading Jewelers Guild, an active member of Continental Buying Group and is an incredibly respected industry leader across the country.
Her drive of the business came from Tyna’s love of her customers and the special moments in their lives, her Diamond Galleria team and their success. Tyna’s hard work and dedication allowed The Diamond Galleria to have a business model built on making difference in the community.
Tyna and Bert are known locally in Evansville through their involvement and the generous contributions they have given to local nonprofits. Those close to them know just how sincere they are in their desire to give in the most meaningful ways. Tyna had a special passion for those causes related to the health, wellness and education of the community and cancer support and research, but their giving includes many organization, some of those listed here:
The Evansville Rotary Santa Run, Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Charities, Susan G. Komen, March of Dimes, Tri-State Medical Alliance, Gilda’s Club, USI Varsity Club, Deaconess Foundation, Deaconess HeartSaver, YWCA, American Heart Association, Santa’s Clothes Club, Touch, Inc., YouthFirst, ALS, Holly’s House, Evansville Realtor’s Association, Tri-State Multiple Sclerosis, Junior League of Evansville, Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, CASA, Vanderburgh Medical Alliance, Reitz Home, Chemo Buddies, Evansville Philharmonic, Evansville, Museum Guild, Evansville Men’s Fund, Evansville African American Museum, SWIRCA (Brewfest), Haynie’s Corner Arts District, Ziemer Society.
In the past, Tyna has shared: “Every day reminds me how blessed we are not only with our business, but the ability to impact people’s lives. Our love for the community, as well as the love my husband and I have for one another, has shaped our business. It’s very rewarding to see your vision come true. Bert and I wanted to give back to the community that has and continues to support us.”
A special thanks to Dr. Christopher Braden, Linda White and all the nurses and staff at Deaconess hospital for their devoted care to Tyna over the last year. Battling cancer is never easy; Tyna praised the kindness and compassion of the Deaconess staff.
Tyna’s wish was to continue impacting the community and through her wishes we ask that in lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Tyna Wheat Fund through the Vanderburgh Community Foundation.
Online donations may be made at bit.ly/TynaWheatFund. Choose “Support the Community’s Greatest Need” and include “Tyna Wheat Fund” and “In Memory of Tyna Wheat”. Mailed donations at Vanderburgh Community Foundation, 401 SE 6th Street, Suite 203, Evansville, IN 47713. Please include a notation “In memory of Tyna Wheat”.
Tyna is survived by her husband, Bertram “Bert” M. Wheat; son, Nathan Robert Wheat of Arlington, VA; goddaughter, Samanatha DePalma; close family, Angela and Rob DePalma; and many friends.
Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel, 5330 Washington Avenue with Pastor Ange Humphrey officiating. Burial will be Private.
Friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until service time, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL at Boone Funeral Home 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715.
For traveling friends and family, the following hotels are recommended:
DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville | 601 Walnut St, Evansville, IN 47708 | (812) 423-5002
Hampton Inn Evansville/Airport | 5701 Highway 41 North, Evansville, IN 47711 | (812) 464-1010
Courtyard by Marriott Evansville East | 8105 E Walnut St, Evansville, IN 47715 | (812) 424-4242