Ramona Maye Whisler


Ramona Maye Whisler Obituary
Ramona Maye Whisler, 91, passed away peacefully at home on August 28, 2015, after a 17 year battle with COPD.
A private interment of Mom's ashes will be laid to rest with the love of her life, Edward H. Whittaker Sr., at 11:30 AM Friday, September 4 at Historic Union Cemetery. We will have a celebration of her life at Bakersfield RV Resort Crest Bar and Grill at 2 PM following. All who loved her are invited to attend, casual attire as Mom would have insisted on.
Mom was born and raised in Bakersfield, escaped to the Central Coast and then came back 12 years later to be with her family. She graduated from KCUHS in 1940 and met the love of her life, Ed, in 1942. They married while Ed was on leave from the USMC and the rest is an everlasting love story. They had two sons, Ed Jr. in 1945 and Greg in 1950. Ed Sr. was killed while serving in the USMC reserves in Korea. She never truly got over his death but tried to move on, marrying Air Force Master Sgt. Charles A. Fields in 1954, producing a daughter, Mona Fields (Martin) in 1956. Mom happily remarried for the last time to Howard R. Whisler in 1969, ultimately losing him to cancer in 1977.
She was pre-deceased by her dad, Arthur C. Ryder, Sr., husband, Edward H. Whittaker Sr., mother Fannie I. Ryder, husband, Charles A. Field husband, Howard R. Whisler and her only sibling beloved brother, Arthur C. Ryder.
She is survived by her children Edward H. Whittaker, Jr., G. Gregory Whittaker (Angie) and daughter Mona (Fields) Martin (Dave). She is also survived by her dear sister in law, Dorothy Ryder, 9 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Mom will be remembered for her fierce tenacity, love of NASCAR and in particular driver Bobby Allison as well as her long-standing love of the USAC Midget cars dating back to the 1940's. She will always be racing us to heaven's gates. She is truly at peace now after a hard and long fight to stay here. Love and unfathomable thanks to our adopted sisters Dianna and Debbie as well as former caregivers Kura and Velicity.
A very special thank you to her longtime pulmonary physician Dr. Nick Hansa and Sara at Premier Medical and extended thanks to the wonderful people at Optimal Hospice.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 3, 2015
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