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Wilda Rae Carlton Whitaker

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Mrs. Wilda Rae Carlton Whitaker, age 77, died October 11, 2009 with her loving husband and family at her side. She was born October 28, 1931 to Annie Josephine Jensen and Hiram Cash Carlton.

The youngest of 7 children, she grew up in Lovell, Wyoming until she was 14 and then moved with her family to Logan, Utah. In 1953 she graduated from St. Marks Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City, UT.

She married Robert Reed Whitaker on May 7, 1954 in the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple for Time and All Eternity.

She is survived by her husband and seven children, Robert C. of Manteca, CA, KC of Red Bluff, CA, Ronald E. of Beaverton, OR, Patty Ezell of San Jose, CA, Ann Palmer of Yorba Linda, CA, Pamela Reese of Long Beach, CA and Matthew M. of Orem, UT; 30 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Whitaker was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served at different times as President of the Women's Relief Society, President and teacher of the Young Women and President and teacher of Primary children. She also served as a Cub Scout Leader for many years until she was 75, helping many lively little boys on their way to Eagle Scouts. She was a devoted mother and wife.

After raising her family, at age 48 she returned to Nursing and worked as a Neonatal Nurse at Enloe Hospital in Chico, retiring at age 65. In 1997 she and her husband Reed served a Mission for their church at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for a year and a half assisting people with their Genealogies.

Mrs. Whitaker also served in the community as a board member of the Orland Food Pantry, gathering and distributing food to needy families; and was active in the Glenn County Republican Party for many years. She was very patriotic and loved her country and her freedom.

Funeral services will be held at the Orland LDS Church at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2009. Burial will be at the Masonic Cemetery, in Orland. View and send condolences online at www.NBCFH.com.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 13, 2009
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