Mary Kathryn Whitaker

Mary Kathryn Hansell Whitaker, 95

Mary Kathryn Hansell Whitaker, 95, of Alma, GA., formerly of Chalmers, died Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm at Twin Oaks in Alma, GA.

She was born May 6, 1918, in Chalmers, IN to the late Clarence and Mary (Risinger) Hansell. She attended Big Creek Township School in Chalmers.

Her marriage was to John Paul Whitaker on February 22, 1932 in Monticello, IN. He preceded her in death on September 22, 1981.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Chalmers Community Church and also attended the Parkview Baptist Church when in FL. She was also a member of the Women's Christian Fellowship, Chalmers Book Club, Charming Chattys Home Demonstration Club, and Dorcas. Since 1962, Mary spent the winters in Lakeland, FL. She moved to Chalmers in the fall of 2000 and recently went to live in Georgia.

Mary is survived by her daughter; Beatrice Steere (husband: David) of Valparaiso, IN; and two sons;, Richard Whitaker of Baxley, GA, and Joe Whitaker (wife: Marsha Sue) of West Lafayette, IN.

Also surviving are 26 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death with her parents and husband are two sons, Allen Whitaker and David Whitaker, a sister, Jane Ann Mareachen (husband: Bogdon), and 2 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm, Friday, July 12, 2013, and also from 10 am until the time of service at 11 am, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home of Brookston. Pastor Bill Henderson to officiate. Interment to follow in Chalmers Community Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Chalmers Community Church. Share memories and condolences online at

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Hartzler-Clapper Funeral Home
101 W 4th St Brookston, IN 47923
(765) 563-3134

Published in the Journal & Courier on July 11, 2013