Ethel Whitaker

Died: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018

Friends May Call

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley

Funeral Ceremony

10:30 AM Wed., Jan. 24, 2018
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley

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Ethel Myrtle Whitaker, age 97, a resident of Prairie Ridge Care and Rehab in Mediapolis and a long time resident of Oakville, died Saturday morning, January 20, 2018, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.  The daughter of Perry and Beulah Potter Hutton, Ethel was born on August 8, 1920 in Clinton, Missouri.  She married Charlie Henry Whitaker on July 26, 1936 in Cameron, Missouri where she had grown up as a child.  He preceded her in death on December 15, 2002.

She was a homemaker and had worked part time at the Oakville General Store and then as a cook for the Oakville Elementary School.  She was a member of the Oakville Community Bible Church where she had taught Sunday School for many years.  Ethel enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, and arts and crafts.

Her family includes three children, Perry & Priscilla Whitaker of Phelan, California, Edna Elaine & Omar Tate of Climax Springs, Missouri, and Charlie W. & Mary Whitaker of Urbandale; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; a sister, Sylvia & Dean Amos of Decatur, Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins and their families.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie; 2 daughters, Esther Pridey and Bessie Whitaker; a grandson, Jonathan; and 2 brothers, Albert and William Hutton.

Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello where the family will meet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

The funeral ceremony for Ethel Whitaker will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello, officiated by Pastor Jim Ruberg and Pastor Steve Parker.  Burial will follow at the Edwards Cemetery, rural Oakville with a lunch to follow at the Oakville Community Building.

Memorial gifts will benefit the Oakville Community Bible Church.

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Pastor Jim Ruberg
   Posted Sat January 20, 2018
I'm very sorry for your loss and want to extend my deepest sympathy to you. Ethel's contagious smile and outgoing spirit will always be remembered. She was friendly and compassionate. She loved the Lord and was a dedicated prayer warrior with a vast knowledge of the Scriptures. May the memory of her life and her testimony of faith always live on in our hearts.

Ruth (Strawhacker) Brown
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
So sorry for your loss! Ethel was a wonderful lady! Lived up the road from us growing up! She was a special lady! Our hearts go out to all of the family. Thinking of you all!

Kevin Austin
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Greatest sympathy to the Whitaker family. My parents Jack and Vera and my grandfather Fred Osborne spoke kindly of her and were there to greet her into Heaven.

Ethel's son and family Perry and Priscilla Whitaker from So. California
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
Our condolences to all of our famly.Because of health reasons my wife and I were unable to come to Mom's funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. we love and appreciate all our family and friends. Perry Whitaker

Jean Bermel
   Posted Sat January 27, 2018
Charlie and family:

Sorry to read about the loss of your mother. I enjoyed visiting with her when I helped out at the Oakville Post Office. She was always very pleasant.

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