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Olive Whiting

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ANNA -- Olive Whiting, 93, died at 11:22 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Union County Hospital.

Mrs. Whiting was born Oct. 24, 1920, in Milwaukee to Edward and Marie (Meyer) Callaway.

She married Dr. William H. Whiting on Sept. 2, 1943.

Mrs. Whiting is survived by her children, Janet (Edgar) Winans of Seattle, Ted (Vicki) Whiting of Bailey, Colo., Jim Whiting of Pine, Colo., Kathy (Mike) Stegle of Anna and Ellie Osborn of Anna; 10 grandchildren, Rachel (Kent) Button, Jessica (Daniel) Glover, Carol (Mike) Wagner, Adam Whiting, Teresa (Ryan) Waxler, Brian (Dawn) Whiting, Melanie (Matt) Lasley, Jeremy (Kristen) Stegle, Sarah (Josh) Stagge and Katie Osborn; 14 great-grandchildren with two more expected in November, Hazel, Sofia and Oliver Button, Matt and Kaley Wagner, Connor Whiting, Alex, Megan, Zeke and Nathaniel Waxler, Van Whiting, Julia and Luke Lasley, Katie Stegle; other relatives; and friends.

Mrs. Whiting earned her Bachelor of Science in social work from University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. She worked as a Girl Scout field representative in Gary, Ind., and Madison before starting her family. She arrived in Southern Illinois in 1948 when her husband, Dr. Whiting, began his medical practice in Dongola. Soon afterward she set up a kindergarten in her home.

Mrs. Whiting's lifelong loves were family, education and church. She raised five children. She was active in organizing Girl Scouting in Union County and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. In 1958, she was se-lected to chair the Union County Chapter of the White House Council on Children and Youth. She was an Illinois state delegate to White House Conference on Children and Youth in 1960. She was a leader in Illinois Parent-Teacher Association. She was an advocate for the needs of special education students. She was a member of Education Council of 100, an advisory board to SIU. Mrs. Whiting received several education awards including Illinois Education Association Francis G. Blair Distinguished Service Award in 1970 to 1971, Award of Merit from Education Council of 100 and College of Education, SIU Carbondale in 1983, Phi Delta Kappa Lay Leaders in Education Award in 1988 and Friend of Education, Region 2, IEA-NEA Award in 1993. Mrs. Whiting was also a member and past president of Anna-Jonesboro Women's Club and Anna-Jonesboro Garden Club.

Mrs. Whiting was very active in the Presbyterian church and was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cobden for nearly 30 years. She served the church in many capacities including president of Women's Council and as an elder and member of the Session.

Mrs. Whiting loved reading, nature and water recreation. She loved to make flower arrangements and often supplied Cobden Presbyterian Church with Sunday flowers. She enjoyed boating activities with her family and encouraged water safety and skill which is now a generational love. She loved to watch birds and participated in a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Study of backyard birds. Mrs. Whiting is remembered for her graciousness, her intelligence, her kindness to all of God's creatures and her beautiful smile.

Mrs. Whiting was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. William H. Whiting; her son-in-law, Jim Osborn; and her great-granddaughter, Gabriela Waxler.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Kathy Montira officiating. Interment will be in Anna Cemetery. Visitation for Mrs. Olive Whiting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to UPAC Girl Scouts of America or to Illinois Audubon Society.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 2013
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