Cynthia "Anne" Trinkle Whelan, 90, passed away, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. She was born in Bloomington, Ind., on Sept. 25, 1922 and was raised in Enid, Okla. with her senior year attending Albuquerque High School in New Mexico. So, her young years of moving bore out her adult life of living in many locales while enjoying 65 years with her loving husband and two children. In New Mexico, she lived in Albuquerque, Alamogordo and Las Cruces, at once the secretary to the telephone company and years later attending NMSU. She attended the University of Alaska and was the secretary to the Eielson AFB wing commander while living there. Washington, D.C. saw Anne twice; once as the secretary to the director of Price Administration during World War II; and, again raising her two children while living on Andrews AFB. Living in occupation Germany after World War II was a rewarding experience forming lifelong friendships and hands across the ocean. The list of states in which Anne resided includes Ohio, Massachusetts, Louisiana, California and Colorado. In addition to her years of employment as a secretary, Anne volunteered and she continued that in her years of retirement in Las Cruces: More than 30 years with the Memorial General Hospital Auxiliary; 25 years with the Red Cross; and 6 years as chairman of the Scottish Rite Ladies. Memberships in organizations include: Progress Club; Presbyterian Church; MOAA; BETA SIGMA PHI sorority; Daughters of the Nile; and Eastern Star. Anne is preceded in death by her husband Lt. Col. Thomas A. Whelan, her son Dr. Thomas R. Whelan and her nephew Thomas Whelan. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Sue Champe and her two nieces Nancy Lusk and Darlene Schlosser. She gives sincere thanks to Dr. William Baker and to Dr. Boulware for help and support for so many years. Anne's recent weeks of celebrating with friends, her 90 years of living will stand as her memorial. Please send donations to your choice of organizations listed below to help continue her life of community service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to MOAA; Good Samaritan Society; Las Cruces Scottish Rite Learning Center; Las Cruces Progress Club; Eastern Star; Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary; and Las Cruces Shrine Club. Arrangements are with La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Oct. 19, 2012