Ann Elizabeth Whitty

September 5, 1957March 2, 2019
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Ann Whitty, 61, passed away March 2, 2019 doing what she loved to do (travel) in Managua, Nicaragua. Ann was born in Kansas City, to Frank and Frances Veatch on September 5, 1957.

Ann attended Redemptorist Catholic grade school, Lillis High School, and University of Missouri at Rolla where she graduated with an Electrical Engineering Degree and later earned an MBA from St. Ambrose University.

Ann was a positive, determined, and caring woman with a personal inner strength, which led to a full and faith-filled life. For her family, she was a pillar of strength. Ann loved to learn and travel to new places, and she also dearly loved reading, crossword puzzles and suduko.

Family was the most important thing in Ann’s life. Ann’s sons were the pride and joy of both her and her husband, Dennis. Ann and Dennis were married thirty-six wonderful years, and they enjoyed life, love, and their family.

She enjoyed working for ALCOA for 30 plus years where she excelled and started as an electrical engineer, eventually working her way up to President of China Rolled Product. While at ALOCA, she was able to travel around the world and live in China and Australia.

In retirement, she volunteered at SCORE, a nonprofit to help small businesses, recently held the position of District Director for Missouri. She was a board member for Synergy Services, an organization that strives to keep children and families safe. She also held board positions at Ampco-Pittsburgh and Aludium, LCC.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Dennis, and her sons, Mike and Paul Whitty, and Paul’s wife, Cassie. Ann leaves seven brothers and sisters: Frances Keefer, Louise Giles, Jenny Goodsell, Frank Veatch, Katherine Gauthier, August Veatch and Martin Veatch and their spouses. Ann also leaves many nieces and nephews who loved her very much. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Visitation will be at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City MO, on Wednesday March 13th from 5 to 8 p.m., rosary to be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 6415 NE Antioch Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Synergy Services ( ).


  • Dennis M. Whitty, Husband
  • Mike Whitty, Son
  • Paul (Cassie) Whitty, Son
  • Frances Keefer, Sister
  • Louise Giles, Sister
  • Jenny Goodsell, Sister
  • Frank Veatch, Brother
  • Katherine Gauthier, Sister
  • August Veatch, Brother
  • Martin Veatch, Brother
  • Nieces and nephews

  • Dan Keefer, Pallbearer
  • Brian Gauthier, Pallbearer
  • Chance Thomas, Pallbearer
  • James Rogers, Pallbearer
  • William Gauthier, Pallbearer
  • Andrew Grace, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Rosary Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ann Elizabeth Whitty

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Jodi Sifers

March 14, 2019

Dennis and family,

I would like to offer my prayers and most sincere condolences to you and your family.

Jodi Sifers

March 14, 2019

I first had the honor of meeting Ann a year and a half ago when she became my mentor through SCORE. At that time I had social anxiety and I didn't have a job or a car, but I had an idea for an invention.

Since the time from when Ann became my mentor and up until now, I have excelled under her positive influence. I got a job, a new car, filed a patent, started a business, and was introduced into the business community.

The level of respect and professionalism that Ann showed me was unparalleled. She truly impacted me in the most positive ways and was always patient and understanding as I took the time to learn new things. She taught me the value of hard work by telling me I needed to keep my job for her to work with me. She said “All it takes is a lot of hard work and a little luck!”

My deepest condolences to all those who loved and respected Ann for the amazing woman that she was. It was an honor to know her and I fully intend to continue to honor her in the way I live my life and conduct business.

Deb Del Ciello

March 13, 2019

What a wonderful addition you were to our family, Ann! You made Denny so happy for so many years. One of my favorite memories of you is how we would go shopping at Iowa Miss when we were back in Webster City visiting Mom. I thank God that we had you in our lives for as long as we did!

Cassie Whitty

March 13, 2019

I am so grateful to have called Ann my mother-in-law. I cherish all the time we spent together from the casual weekends spent at Ann and Dennis's house, to remodeling rooms at our house, to traveling in Washington DC together. I loved the conversations we had. We would recommend books and podcasts to each other, and then talk about what we learned and what we thought about them. Often times, we would chat about life in general. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to ask her about life, family, career, spirituality, and love. I will miss those conversations so much. Whenever I spent time with Ann, I felt so inspired by her genuinely kind and authentic nature. Thank you, Ann, and love you.

Rebecca Gubbels

March 13, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Ann during her tenure with SCORE. She was a warm, savvy professional whose smile was ready and grit was obvious. She will be truly missed.

Patty Smithson

March 13, 2019

So many memories of Ann over time. Our times together back from Coleman Highland neighborhood and Redemptorist. Playing volleyball, team ball, studying chemistry together. Ann helped me actually pass chemistry at Lillis, could not have done it without her patient support. Our time making memories at Lillis. Driving to school together in her Volkswagen van. Ann taught me how to drive a stick, what a patient teacher she was as I definitely ground the gears a bit. Camping in that same VW Van when we were too lazy to pitch a tent. Visiting UM Rolla with Mr. Veatch to check out her college and sleeping in the camper. . Visits to Davenport and meeting Denny for the first time, can't remember the year, but I just knew my dear friend had found her life partner. Visits to see Ann, Denny and Mike and Paul as they moved from home to home. The boys were her passion and she delighted in everything they did, like any mother does.

Lots of Veatch get togethers over time in KC, Clinton, Liberty, Lake of the Ozarks and Gladstone, surrounded by her siblings who she loved dearly and cared about each and every one of them. We would always check in about each one of them when we'd get together.

When she moved back to KC after her adventures in Iowa, Texas, Australia, China, Indiana I was glad to have her back to share new adventures with. She got involved in Central Exchange, Score, Synergy Services and CASA. In each case Ann gave her total self. I"m sure there were days when she didn't feel up to the challenges, but you'd never know it.

She handled her health condition with dignity and humbleness, accepting it but fighting till the end to enjoy life to the fullest. Today I cry for the loss and smile for how fortunate I was to have her as my friend for so many years. You will be missed!

Kathy Tarka

March 12, 2019

Dennis and family, I remember Ann from Davenport Sales. Her warm spirit, smile and compassion filled any room she was in. Cherish your memories. She will be sorely missed. God bless.

Gary Marker

March 12, 2019

Though my only contact with Ann was as my mentor through SCORE, it was a privilege to know her and learn from her. I will feel her absence in a big way but, from reading what others have written, I understand that the scope of her loss is huge. She gave so much to so many and I will always be grateful for what she shared with me.

Clancy Stein

March 11, 2019

Dennis, meeting you and Ann on this cruise enriched our lives and you have both given us many life lessons.

In these 12 days we saw her love of life (and you). Never to take an elevator she bounded up the stairs and left me trying to catch up. I bonded with her on the lectures, political discussions, trivia and tuna fish sandwiches on the ship. She was very happy and lived life to its fullest. She will not be forgotten by us, and we send you our support and strength.

Clancy & Howard Stein

Robert Lambert

March 11, 2019

Denny, Mike & Paul,
Our sincere condolences on your loss. Among many fond memories , I will never forget the goofy kick Paul had when he addressed me as "Bob Dole". Ann would simply smile, and shake her head in amusement.
Bob, Sally, Alex & Andrew Lambert