Louise Elizabeth Whitaker died peacefully on the morning of July 3, 2018 at the age of 95, ending a long struggle with accumulating disabilities. Born March 5, 1923 in Muncie, Indiana to Floyd and Bernice Nafe, she was the eldest of ten siblings. She obtained her secondary schooling in Indiana graduating as an honors s…READ MORE
Louise Elizabeth Whitaker died peacefully on the morning of July 3, 2018 at the age of 95, ending a long struggle with accumulating disabilities. Born March 5, 1923 in Muncie, Indiana to Floyd and Bernice Nafe, she was the eldest of ten siblings. She obtained her secondary schooling in Indiana graduating as an honors student from Warren High School, and following graduation attended Ball State while working several jobs including the offices of Acme Lee. It was there that she met her husband James Richard Whitaker and they were married in 1947. The couple lived in Muncie, Indiana during the more than fifty years of their marriage raising two sons, James William and John Robert Whitaker.
After the graduation of her youngest son she returned to Ball State obtaining degrees in Elementary Education and spent the remainder of her working years, thereafter teaching fourth grade at Emerson Elementary, where her love and respect for learning could be shared with generations of young students. Following the retirement of her husband from Borg Warner the couple spent months each year in Leesburg, Florida.
Louise Whitaker’s strong religious beliefs were complemented by a remarkable intellect, livelong curiosity, a kind and giving personality, a belief in work and achievement and unwavering loyalty. As such, she had a profound positive influence on her large family and friends and it is the spirit of this legacy which will persist long after her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Richard Whitaker and is survived by her two sons:
J. William Whitaker (wife Joan) along with the families of their three sons Andrew, Seattle, WA, Jonathan, Indianapolis, and Joseph, Berkeley, CA as well as five great grandchildren; John Robert Whitaker (wife Susan) Indianapolis and the families of their daughter Sarah, Indianapolis, and David, Denver, CO as well as one great grandson.
She is also survived by two sisters, Freida Roberts, Muncie, and Barbara Baker, Phoenix, AZ and a brother, Lowell Nafe of Dallas, TX as well as countless nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers Don Nafe, Alton Nafe, George Nafe, and Gerald Nafe, and sisters Sarah Smith, and Phyllis Acton.
Friends and family may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018, or one hour prior to services on Monday.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Burial will follow in Hartford City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army, Riverside Methodist Church, 1201 Wheeling Ave., Muncie, IN 47303, or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at meeksmortuary.com.
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm
Date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Hartford City (I.O.O.F.) Cemetery
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