Edith Doris Whitelaw

December 9, 1927March 13, 2019

Edith D. “Swanee” Whitelaw (91) went on to meet her Lord Jesus early Wednesday morning, March 13, 2019 from Keller, Washington. Swanee entered this world at Holmes City, Minnesota on Friday, December 9, 1927 into the home of Gust & Anna Pearson-Swanson. As a co-founder and sustaining member of Keller Community Church of Keller, Washington for over fifty years, she faithfully served as the church Treasurer / Secretary and as Cook for Vacation Bible School. A graduate of Abbott School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she loved serving as an LPN, tending to patient’s needs at the BIA Hospital in Nespelem, Washington. On December 17, 1949, eight days after her twenty-second birthday and eight days before Christmas, Edith’s life forever changed when she married Glen Whitelaw in Keller, Washington. Together they ran cattle in Keller, Washington’s San Poil Valley and ran “Glen Whitelaw Logging” in which she served as bookkeeper. Swanee loved tending her flower garden with a special affinity for nasturtiums. All who were blessed to know Swanee, quickly came to see that she had a true servant’s heart, never happier than when she was caring for and seeing to another’s need. Her greatest joy was time spent being “Grandma Swanee” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren… being close and watching them learn about Kingdom living at CFO camps, taking swimming lessons and all of their other various activities which she could attend.

Predeceased by her loving husband of 39 years: Glen Whitelaw; two daughters at birth and sons: Gus Whitelaw and Mark Whitelaw; Swanee’s legacy lives on through her children: Karlene Katich (Steve), Chris Marie Whitelaw and Glenda Whitelaw (Mike); grandchildren: Nikki Katich, Fawn Katich, Lex Katich (Stefanie), Sorrell Katich (Melissa), Brandy Katich, Amber Holmes (Curt) and Echo Scott; great-grandchildren: Dalley Angstrom, Ruger Angstrom, Colt Angstrom, Sierra Studer, Chance Studer, Keslee Shockey, Linkin Katich, Linnix Katich, Eli Katich, Conner Katich, Buck E Katich, Saige Katich, Paige Holmes, Antionne Holmes, Mateo Holmes, Thoren Holmes and Darion Holmes as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Swanee’s viewing/visitation will be from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Washington. Her funeral will take place at 10:00am on Friday March 22, 2019 at the Keller Community Center in Keller, Washington. Graveside services will follow at Keller Community Cemetery in Keller, Washington.

Her family requests that any memorial gifts in Swanee’s memory be made to the Keller Community Church, PO Box 356, Keller, Washington 99140 or at (509) 499-3806.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting her family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for Edith’s family.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 22, 2019

Edith Doris Whitelaw

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