OBITUARY

Ethel Irene Whitmer

January 10, 1919June 1, 2014

Ethel Irene Whitmer, 95 of Springfield, passed away on Sunday evening, June 1 at the Aarondale Assisted Living/Retirement Home in Springfield; her daughter and son-in-law were at her side. She lived there since March 2011, she lived in Front Royal prior to moving to Springfield. She was born on January 10, 1919 in Rappahannock County, the daughter of the late Ed Putnam and Lucy (Fannie) Grimsley Putnam. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wardney Arnold Whitmer; her two sons, Wardney Arnold Whitmer, Jr. and Donald Wade Whitmer; her brother, Earl Putnam; her sisters, Nannie Weaver, Alice Pullen, Katie Pearson, and Ginny Haines. She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Jeffers (John) of Springfield; her daughter-in-law, Karen Whitmer of Fort Pierce, FL; her sister, Evelyn Megeath of Front Royal; her four granddaughters; two step-grandchildren in FL; five great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren in FL. As well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was a member of Marlow Heights Baptist Church in Front Royal. She had worked for Fairfax County Public Schools in the cafeteria prior to moving to Front Royal; she also worked at the K-Mart in Front Royal for 10 years but had to retire for health reasons. She will be long remembered for her loving smile, quick wit; the love for her family and friends; cooking; gardening; pie baking; and taking care of others. She always put others needs before her own. The family would like to especially thank all the staff at Aarondale Assisted Living and Retirement; Professional Health Care Hospice and Home Instead Senior Care, who provided wonderful care and support to her and her family. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend James Bunce officiating. Entombment will follow in Panorama Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made in her name to Professional Health Care Hospice, 7619 Little River Turnpike, Suite 600, Annandale, VA 22003. Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at www.turnerrobertshaw.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 7, 2014
REMEMBERING

Ethel Irene Whitmer

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June 6, 2014

Thoughts and prayers to you all. Mrs. Whitmer was a great neighbor and made great pies.
God bless,
David Downs

Cindy Walsh

June 5, 2014

Violet Pullen McInturff

June 4, 2014

A dear loving friend that will leave a real hole in my life. One who was so good to me in my early years. I will always remember. I will miss her.

Carol and Gibson Wood

June 4, 2014

Gibson and I always enjoyed any affair where Ethel was present. She was such a warm and loving person and family member. She will be missed, but fondly remembered.

Susan MacIntyre

June 3, 2014

Such a sweet lady! I bought her home here and spent special times with her before and after. My condolences to you, Sharon, in the loss of such a dear part of your family.

Susan

Ronald & Diane Jenkins

June 3, 2014

Such a nice lady, with a warm and friendly smile. Our thoughts and prayers with the family.

Cindy Walsh

June 3, 2014

Louise Clark

June 3, 2014

My deepest sympathy to all the family of Ethel. She was a most pleasant lady.

Bill Crawford

June 3, 2014

I have many wonderful memories of this very loving and wonderful lady. I was very fortunate to have known such a delightful lady and to have worked with her over the years.
Ms. Whitmer, Karen Mcgrath and I shared many smiles over the years ( as well as all 3 of us sharing the same birthday. God Bless you Sharon.

jesse whitmer

June 3, 2014

Sorry to hear of your loss. I found Arnold Whitmer name in my descendants book.If interested u can contact me sometime.My husband is Jesse Whitmer Jr.