Evelyn Eaton Whitehead
1938 - 2020
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Evelyn Eaton


Aug. 22, 1938 - Nov. 16, 2020


Evelyn Eaton Whitehead, 82 years old, died on November 16 after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. She is survived by James, her husband and her love of fifty years, and her five siblings, Robert Eaton, Joan McSweeney, Evie Dunkelberger, Fernin Eaton, and Marie DeVerges. Evelyn was born in New Orleans on August 22, 1938 and began her adult life as a Glenmary Sister serving Appalachian communities in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and the Uptown neighborhood in Chicago. After earning a Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of Chicago, she taught with her husband at the University of Notre Dame, then at Loyola University in Chicago for 45 years. During this time the Whiteheads published 22 books on themes of adult growth and Christian spirituality, a number of which were translated into seven foreign languages. During their 60s, the Whiteheads taught yearly in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Friends and students cherished Evelyn's joyous voice, her commitment to creating a hospitable space for others and for their questions, and her delight and faithfulness to one's intellectual calling. Evelyn's early life in ministry and vocation as teacher and author were occasions of great grace for all who were given the gift of knowing her.

At the time of her death Evelyn and James were living at Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame.

Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 18, 2020.
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December 21, 2020
Evelyn and Jim were dear friends and mentors when I was just getting started in my own ministry of teaching, writing, and involvement with the National Association for Lay Ministry. I will always remember their encouragement and inspiration.
Edward Sellner
November 26, 2020
I have thought of Evelyn many times after taking a course she team taught with her husband, Jim, at Loyola around 1990. What a blessing to have known her and the benefit of her graceful teaching. Blessed be her memory.
Barbara C McKenzie
November 23, 2020
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Mary Beth Garascia
November 18, 2020
Wow...it was a jolt to read Evelyn's obit a few minutes ago. Jim, you and Evelyn were so influential in teaching us about pastoral care. I still remember interviewing the two of you for a paper on marriage. May Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, hold you close as you cope with Evelyn's physical absence.
Fr. Herb Yost, CSC
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