Fern Gordon Wheeler was born in Toronto, Canada on November 14, 1888.
The Wheeler family settled in Los Angeles in 1896. Fern studied at Occidental Preparatory School, College of Fine Arts at University of California, and Otis Art Institute.
She illustrated several children's books before her marriage to artist Kenneth McLellan in 1928.
After settling in San Bernardino, she remained there until her demise on February 2, 1967.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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