Beulah Dorothy (Fesser) Whitten (1916 - 2013)

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Beulah Dorothy Fesser Whitten, 97, of Hillsboro, passed away at 2:06 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Hillsboro Area Hospital in Hillsboro.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Fillmore, with the Rev. Mary Etta Skinner and Chaplain Ro Fesser, DM, officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of services on Monday at the church. Allen and Sutton Funeral Home in Fillmore was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 116 N. Main St., Fillmore, Ill. 62032; or Fillmore Historical Society, P.O. Box 71, Fillmore, Ill. 62032; or Glendale Cemetery, c/o Gary Harris, 2212 Kim Drive, Vandalia, Ill. 62471. Online condolences may be shared at
Mrs. Whitten was born on Jan. 16, 1916, in rural Fillmore, the daughter of F. Ray and Pearl Wright Fesser. She married Floyd H. Whitten on Oct. 12, 1940, in Rolla, Mo.; he died on March 22, 1998.
She was a retired homemaker, and a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Fillmore Historical Society, Fillmore Homemakers, Fillmore Community School PTA, Fillmore Eastern Star and Fillmore Needlework Club. She was a Fillmore Cub Scout den mother, volunteer with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Salvation Army. She was an avid rose gardener, a dedicated St. Louis Cardinals fan and she closely followed the Fighting Illini basketball team.
She is survived by a son, F. Dale Whitten and his wife Linda of St. Louis, Mo.; brother-in-law, Donald Smith of San Marcos, Texas; sister-in-law, Velma Rose Fesser of Hillsboro; nieces and nephews, Rosalie Fesser of Ft. Collins, Colo., Rosanne and her husband Ed Heck of Nokomis, Rhonda and her husband Dale Joyce of Witt, Debbie and her husband Rod Kenas of Dickinson, Texas; Melanie and her husband Chris Molina of Tyler, Texas, Evla and her husband Jack Logan of Granite City, Patricia and her husband Frankie Jones, Linda Sanders of Vandalia, Doris Harrison of Ramsey, Carl Fesser and his wife Jayne of Fillmore, and Steven Smith and his wife Lubbock, Texas; great- and great-great-nieces and –nephews; and other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Frederick August Wright Fesser.
Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 2013