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MIldred WHITLOCK


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MIldred WHITLOCK Obituary
WHITLOCK, Mildred Mildred Whitlock, ne? Emilia Felock, a child of two Ukrainian immigrants who dreamt of being a surgeon, died peacefully in her sleep September 10 in Wellington, FL. She was 90 years old. Born January 6, 1928, in Chester, PA, Mrs. Whitlock grew up the youngest of six during the Depression. After her father died when she was five years old, "Millie", as her sisters called her, quickly learned to carry her weight. As a young girl, she worked at her aunt's ice cream shop, a fond memory for a lifelong lover of sweets. While attending Chester High School, she met and fell for the dark-haired valedictorian who, as his mother told it, gave his commencement speech and walked straight to the Air Force recruitment center. After the war, Millie and Malcolm Whitlock cobbled together ration stamps and begged a shoe salesman for new shoes to celebrate a post-war wedding on August 19, 1945. Mr. Whitlock was accepted into MIT, and the family moved to Boston, where the new Mrs. Whitlock worked as a dental assistant to put Malcolm through his chemical engineering degree. It was there that she became fascinated by medicine and the precision work of a surgeon. Mrs. Whitlock had a daughter, Pamela Maureen, before Malcolm graduated and moved the family to Media, PA, to work for ARCO. Marsha Lynn joined the family in Media, where the Whitlocks loved to entertain family and friends, throwing parties to learn every new dance from the rhumba to the cha-cha. Mal and Mil later moved the family to Baton Rouge, LA, for Malcolm's work with the Ethyl Corporation, a chemical manufacturer, but that wasn't their last journey courtesy of Ethyl. They traveled the globe together on many memorable business trips to Turkey, Japan, Greece, Italy and France, among other places. Once their children were grown, Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock enjoyed long family vacations a little closer to home, along the Gulf coast, with daughters Pamela and Marsha, son-in-law Arthur, daughter-in-law Suzanne and "grandbabies" Katie and Julia. Mal and Mil celebrated 54 years of marriage together before Malcolm's passing on March 17, 1996, due to lung cancer. Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock had been active members of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, and Mil continued to be part of that community, particularly the cancer support group, until she moved to Wellington, FL, to be closer to Pamela and Suzanne. While Mrs. Whitlock was never able to pursue a medical career of her own, she saw both her daughters achieve their doctorates of sciences. Millie was a heart-felt, enigmatic woman who eventually conceded to wearing pants, but was never without her perfect, brown bouffant. Mrs. Whitlock is preceded in death by her husband Malcolm Whitlock; her parents Mikolaj Felock and Mary Priouch Felock; brother John; sisters Helen, Ann, Mary, Jessica, Josephine and Julia; and daughter Dr. Pamela Maureen Whitlock. She is survived by her daughter Dr. Marsha Whitlock French of Estes Park, CO; nephews Nicholas Iannucci, Jr. of Brookhaven, PA, and Joseph Iannucci of Fort Myers, FL; niece, Constance Hughey of Aston, PA; and two granddaughters. Visitation will be held between the hours of 4:00PM to 6:00PM on Friday, September 14 at Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center, West Palm Beach, FL, with a Prayer Service to be held at 6:00PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 17 at Forest Cemetery in Middletown, DE. She will be buried beside her husband and daughter.
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Sept. 12, 2018
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