Wanda Marie Whitaker

January 14, 1929April 1, 2021

Wanda Marie Forister Whitaker was born on January 14, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri. Wanda lived with her husband Melvin Whitaker, age 97 in Palmetto, Florida for the past 55 years. She and Melvin have been married for 75 years.

Her father, Charles Forister 5/7/1893-2/24/1961 was born in Chaonia, MO and her mother Lena Mae Frazee 8/23/1904-7/5/1951 was born in Missouri. She had one son, Richard Charles Whitaker, USN (deceased) and two daughter, Cheryl Ann Whitaker Sims (Bradenton) and Sandra Whitaker Vaughn (Palmetto). She is predeceased by her parents, a brother Walter Forister and two sister, Delores Ritch and Arline Lowe McKinney. She has 5 grandchildren: Carrie Sims, Brandon Sims, Shawn Whitaker, Treavor Whitaker and Tina Seres Powell, 4 great grandchildren: Tate Casey, Brighton Westermeyer, Alex Sims of St. Louis, Missouri and Britney Powell and 1 great-great grandchild, Aurora.

Wanda died 4/1/2021 at 92 y/o in Manatee County, FL and will be buried at Sarasota National VA Cemetery. She will be missed by her family and friends and others who knew her in her journey through her long and happy life.

A private family service will be held at Sarasota Memorial Gardens. Donations in her memory are appreciated to www.COTAforTeamAlexSims. (Her great grandson’s bone marrow transplant fund.)


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Cheryl Sims

April 8, 2021

R.I.P. mom. You lived a long, long life and you were fortunate to have dad by your side the entire time. You will be missed so much, but we won't let your memory go and we'll all take care of dad until he can join you in Heaven.