Elizabeth Ann "Betty" White (1924 - 2016)

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    - Carson Stark
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daughter of the late Esther and Ivey Whisenant, made the heavenly role call and began her Journey to Heaven on March 31, 2016. Born 1924 in Miami Florida, she survived both the devastation of the deadly 1928 hurricane that took their home and the ravages of The Great Depression. Fleeing the hurricane with her family, she moved to Ankona, FL. Eventually, they moved to White City and then to Fort Peirce. During WWII She joined the WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, with the U.S. Navy and served state side in Washington, D.C. After WWII Elizabeth enrolled at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota where she studied water color and fashion design. While at Ringling, she found the love of her life Joe B. White. They married in 1947, lived in Sarasota, and enjoyed 59 years together, afterwards, she moved to Ellenton, FL. Elizabeth is survived by her loving son, Matthew White and wife, Cheli, of Palmetto, FL; daughters, Holley Pauley and husband, Steve, of Palmetto, FL; Ivey Upton of Sarasota FL; 2 granddaughters and 3 great-grandchildren; brother, William M. Whisenant of Ellenton, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe B. White; son, Joseph (Jody) White; and sisters, Jeanette Stark and Dorothy Malcom. Elizabeth (Betty) was a talented seamstress and sewed countless outfits for her children during their school years. She loved to grow things and saved every seed. Her homemade Key Lime pie was a family favorite. Galvanized by The Great Depression, and ever mindful that food and shelter often came from the generosity of strangers, she dedicated her life to helping those less fortunate than herself. She made clothes for infants in impoverished countries; and collected food and clothing for mission fields and homeless shelters. She would often stop strangers on the street or in the store to share a bible verse with or to offer a prayer. When she wasn't helping others, she was praying, studying her Bible, or attending church. 2 Timothy 4: 7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall award to me at that day, and not only to me but unto them also that love his appearing. The family will receive friends on Monday April 4th, 2016 from 10AM to 11AM at Manasota Memorial Funeral Home, 1221 53rd Ave East, in Bradenton, with funeral services to follow immediately after the visitation at 11AM.
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Bradenton, FL 34203
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Apr. 3, 2016
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