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Charlotte (Akey) Whittenburg


1922 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Charlotte (Akey) Whittenburg Obituary
Charlotte Whittenburg, 92, a long- time resident of Fort Morgan, CO., left Valley View Villa Nursing Home and entered HeavenÕs gates on Monday, September 14, 2015.
Charlotte was born in Wray, Colorado to Ellis and Arlyn ÒLucilleÓ Akey. Her birthday was celebrated on the 1st of October for many years until recently it was discovered she was born just before midnight on September 30th of 1922. Charlotte was the only daughter among 4 deeply loved brothers.
She graduated from Wray High School and earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado State TeacherÕs College. She came full circle and taught at the school she graduated from Wray High School. She also worked as the Society Editor at the Fort Morgan Times. She then took a position at the Hillrose schools, became the Librarian at the Fort Morgan Junior High School, then went on to earn her MasterÕs Degree in Library Science from Denver University. She later worked at Price Jewelers. Charlotte took much pride and joy keeping in touch with her former students and watching their lives blossom.
Charlotte was involved in many local groups, including Rainbow Girls, Fort Morgan Education Association, P.E.O.E.G. and Friday Club. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years and spent much of her time in that organization with her daughter Jeannie. One of her great achievements was to highlight the life of Baby Doe Tabor in Costume for many organizations including the Greeley Branch of American Association of University Women in 1977. She loved to play the piano and organ and had the voice of an angel. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Fort Morgan and the United Presbyterian Church choirs. In 1941 Charlotte was honored to sing in a choir at the Foundry Methodist church in Washington DC for a Christmas special, honored guests in attendance were FDR and Winston Churchill.
Charlotte loved her Labor day weekend in Estes, a family tradition for over 50 years. She always found time to be at family events, as family was most important to her.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Jeannie Whittenburg Spicknall ; her son in-law, Donne Erb Spicknall; her daughter-in-law, Jeane Wallace Whittenburg; her three brothers, John, Don and Neil Akey; and her parents, Ellis and Lucille.
Charlotte is survived by her brother, Macolm Akey (Doris); sister-in-law, Erma Akey; sons, Gary Whittenburg and John Whittenburg (Joyce); grandchildren, Rene Whittenburg Knapp (Rick), Karen Whittenburg, Dencia Spicknall Raish (Fred), Jason Spicknall Beck (Chris), Justin Whittenburg, Tracy Butler OÕDonnell (Robert), Jeff Butler ( Melissa); great grandchildren, Lily and Audrey Knapp, Ryan and Kaitlyn OÕDonnell, Spencer, Elaina and Luke Butler, Micah Beck, Carl Raish, Autumn Sutherland, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 27th from 4:00 to 6:00PM at the Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan. Funeral services will be at the United Presbyterian Church in Fort Morgan on Monday, September 28th at 10:30AM. Charlotte will be laid to rest next to her daughter Jeannie, in the Akron Cemetery at 1:00 PM
Memorial gifts may be made to the in care of Charlotte Whittenburg, P.O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Sept. 23, 2015
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