Nora Luisa Morales Whedbee

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Nora Luisa Morales Whedbee, 75, of Matt passed away Monday, Sept. 20, in South Walton Beach, Fla. Born Sept. 16, 1935, in New York, N.Y., to Amelia and Luis Morales, she spent many of her years in Puerto Rico, her family's native home land. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1957, and married John S. "Bud" Whedbee in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She traveled the world as an Army wife. Married 53 years to Bud, a decorated military war hero retired colonel in the U.S. Army, who himself passed away May 19, 2010, from Parkinson's disease.
Nora held offices and was active in the American Legion and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She gave blood to the American Red Cross every month, volunteered as a child guardian ad litem for Forsyth County Courts, and worked as a Special Envoy Volunteer in the Paralympics. She played violin in high school, and loved music, often dancing and singing harmony with her beloved husband. Mostly a proud stay-at-home mom and grandma, she stayed busy with lots of projects. A devoted Catholic, Nora was known by all as honest, genuine, generous, loving, compassionate, a loyal friend and advisor, family matriarch and devoted caretaker her entire life to so many.
The absolute highlight of her life was her children and grandchildren. Nora is survived by her four children and their spouses, Amy and Jim Tankersley, Jack and Yukari Whedbee, Billy and Crystal Whedbee, Lisa and Mark Derenthal; and eight grandchildren ages 15 to two, Soon-Mi, Jacob, Yuki, Joshua, Young-Min (Miller), Simon, Griffin, and Julian. She also leaves behind her cherished younger brother, Ronald Morales and his wife Evy, their children and grandchildren, and many cousins, aunts and uncles whom she loved dearly.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 16, at 12:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming.
Flowers may be sent to the church or donations made to her favorite charities, The Mary Knoll Fathers, The National Museum of the U.S. Army, or The National Wildlife Federation.
For more information, contact Jack Whedbee at (404)217-8208.
Davis Watkins Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Published in from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2010