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On December 7, 2012, HILDA JOAN WHITAKER. Joan peacefully died in Waldorf, Maryland after a long battle with PSP, a neurological disorder. She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Ethel Kell; sister, Jean Ewoldt; and husbands, William L. Perotti and Richard J. Whitaker. She is survived by her brother, Jay Kell; sister, Joyce Hughes; numerous nieces and nephews who cherish her. She will be missed by her children, Ann Whitaker Walter and husband, Millard of Waldorf, MD, Rev. John Stephen Perotti and wife, Sue of Nampa, ID, David Whitaker of Huntington, MD and William L. Perotti, Jr. and wife, Maurisa of San Antonio, TX. Her legacy lives on with her 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Michael, Robyn, Nick, William, Joseph, Alex, Sarah, Catherine, Stephanie, Hannah, Sean, Kylie, Shawn, Reese, Riley and Alexander who all adore her. Family and friends are invited to gather at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 for a memorial and fellowship at Mt. Rainier Christian Church, 4001 33rd St., Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Donations in Joan's honor and memory may be made to Arrangements by AREHART-ECHOLS FUNERAL HOME, La Plata, MD.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 16, 2012