Dathel Charlesworth Whitaker|
1918 ~ 2014
Dathel Charlesworth Whitaker, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend, passed away peacefully at home in Kanosh surrounded by family on March 27, 2014.
She was born June 10, 1918 to Josie Juanita Abraham and Collins Rowe Charlesworth. She was the second of five daughters. She married her sweetheart, Willard Herman Whitaker, in the Salt Lake Temple on June 10, 1938 - her twentieth birthday. Dathel's greatest desire was to be a "Mother in Zion." At Dathel's passing, her family consisted of 12 children, three foster children, 80 grandchildren, 217 great grandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren.
Her membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and testimony of the Savior became the centerpiece of her life. She served in the church willingly and with great love. She served in her beloved Kanosh Ward as a leader or teacher in Primary, Mutual and Relief Society or singing in the choir. She also did much service in the temple. She and her husband, Willard, also loved missionary work. They served as full time missionaries in the Iowa Des Moines Mission from April 1979 to October 1980 and, beginning in 1989, two six-month missions at the Cove Fort Visitors Center - until Willard's death. After Willard's death, Dathel served seven more six-month missions there. When she and Willard weren't serving as full time missionaries themselves, they were financially supporting others who were serving missions.
Dathel lived in Kanosh her entire life. For many years, she was the Kanosh columnist for the Millard County Progress. At 90 years of age, she was honored to be the Grand Marshal of Kanosh's 24th of July Parade. She rode with her grandson on a gold motorcycle wearing full leather motorcycle gear, waving to residents and visitors. lt was one of the highlights of her life.
She loved to harvest and store food for her family's use. When the corn, peaches, pears, beets and venison were available, she would bottle hundreds of quarts each year to provide food for the brood. She kept detailed records of farm expenses, visitors to her home, and everything else as it occurred. Dathel was industrious; she loved to work. In addition to raising her large family, supporting Willard in his several businesses and serving in the Church, she also loved her associations in Sally Kanosh Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She created many friendships through serving there.
Dathel is survived by her sister, Iris Bond of Meadow; children Glen (Lilly), Linda (Gall) Martin, Anita (Terry) Higgs, Arlene Lundberg, Leah (Bruce) Bunting, James (Sharon), Janet (Roy) Barton, Ray (Diane), Christine (Ken) Nielson, and Mike (Cindy); daughters-in-law Lorraine and Shelley Whitaker; and foster children Lee (Lesley) Green and Margaret Keams.
She was preceded in death by parents Collins and Juanita Carlesworth; sisters Carma Cutler, Leora Allen and Geraldine Kimball; husband Willard; sons Melvin and John; foster son Dee Green; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the Olpin Stevens Funeral Home, 55 West 200 South, Fillmore on Thursday, April 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A viewing will also be held at the Kanosh LDS Ward, 25 South Main, on Friday, April 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with the funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Kanosh City cemetery.
Online condolences can be expressed at olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2014