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Mildred Taylor Whalen, 92, of Naples, FL died at her home at the Marbella on May 8, 2014. Mrs. Whalen, of Middletown, OH, was born on May 20, 1921, the daughter of Harry and Ella (Sparks) Taylor. She was preceded in death by her older brother, Leslie Morton Taylor, in 1998. Mildred served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, stationed as a Sergeant in Washington, DC. After the war, she entered Ohio State University where she earned her degree in Liberal Arts. Following graduation, she married S.J. (Sam) Whalen, with whom she led an adventurous life until he passed away in 2009. Sam and Mildred traveled the world together for both pleasure and business, making many good friends along the way. When they did choose to settle down, their time was split between homes in Cincinnati, OH; Blowing Rock, NC; and Naples, FL. Mildred worked for General Electric, as well as for her husband at Aerobraze, a company he founded in 1955. When she was not working or traveling, she loved to play golf, read a good book, or tend her garden. Mildred is survived by her daughter, Patricia Kay Hawley; her son-in-law, John Hawley; and her grandson, Christopher Hawley. She also leaves behind her two loving caregivers, Amy Zepeda and Enid Hinds who have been faithfully by her side these past few years. A memorial ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples, FL. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a get-together at the Marbella, 7425 Pelican Bay Blvd. S., immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The Salvation Army or Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. For online condolences, please visit fullernaples.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 11, 2014