OBITUARY

Betty Jane Whiting

July 1, 1940January 18, 2019
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Athens—Betty J. Whiting, 78, of Athens, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at her home, with family by her side. She was born on July 1, 1940 in Brighton, the daughter of Charles Keaten and Christie (Corson) Keaten. She graduated from Somerset Academy in Athens, class of 1958. She married the love of her life William O. Whiting on Oct. 29, 1960 in Athens, sadly he was suddenly taken from her in February of 2006. Betty worked for Medway Shoe and Lighthouse Footwear as a handlacer, spending many years between the two. Betty was a dedicated Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother attending almost all school and sporting events, often arriving before players and coaches (in order to get her preferred spot). Over the years she spent countless hours planning and preparing for family reunions and gatherings which usually included a creative surprise, that could only be dreamed up by her. She loved to dance, travel and enjoyed gambling. She was an avid scrapbooker and enjoyed writing rhyming jingles which she collected into an entire book. She was known for her famous Whoopie Pies, quite often they were gone before it was dessert time. She enjoyed going out to lunch every month with "The Girls". Betty took pride in the care of her home and grounds. She loved spending time with the family and will be greatly missed. She is survived by two sons, Timothy Whiting and his wife, Sandy, of Athens, Brian Whiting and his wife, Janice, of Skowhegan, three grandchildren, Sarena Haynie and her husband, Andrew, of Athens, Joshua Whiting and his wife, Breanna, of Harmony, Zachary Whiting and his companion, Courtney Rolfe, of Skowhegan, 7 great grandchildren, Ella, Silas, Finnian, Abram, Karson, Caraline, and Addison, four sister-in-laws, Joyce Norman, Gwen Pomerleau, Sherry Polzun, and Frances Keaten, many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. She is predeceased by her Mother and Father, husband William and many brothers and sisters. The family extends a special thank-you to Auntie Gwen for her assistance and loving care of Betty. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Me. A funeral service to celebrate Betty's life will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, 2:00 pm at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. Interment will be in the spring at Mt. Rest Cemetery in Athens

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by two sons, Timothy Whiting and his wife, Sandy, of Athens, Brian Whiting and his wife, Janice, of Skowhegan, three grandchildren, Sarena Haynie and her husband, Andrew, of Athens, Joshua Whiting and his wife, Breanna, of Harmony, Zachary Whiting and his companion, Courtney Rolfe, of Skowhegan, 7 great grandchildren, Ella, Silas, Finnian, Abram, Karson, Caraline, and Addison, three sister-in-laws, Gwen Pomerleau, Sherry Polzun, and Frances Keaten, many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.
    She is predeceased by her Mother and Father, many brothers and sisters.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 25, 2019
REMEMBERING

Betty Jane Whiting

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Dolores Pomerleau

January 25, 2019


I first met Betty at a dance in Wellington in the 50's, she had a smile for all of her friends, if Betty was laughing so was everyone around her. Betty and Bill were a true solid match, the saying "a match made in heaven" says it all.
We reconnected when she came to the music jams at our home with our sister-in-law Gwen Pomerleau and that big beautiful smile and happy laugh was still there, RIP friend. Condolences to her family.

Julie Searles

January 24, 2019

Condolences to the whole family. Aunt Betty will be greatly missed by so many people. To me, she and Aunt Madaline were the heart and sole of the Keaten Clan. They were the planners and the ones to gather us all together to share good times, and believe me, I always had a good time in their company! One memory of Aunt Betty will always stick in my mind, was when Mom and Dad had left us kids with her and Uncle Billy. All of us had gone to McDonalds for a meal, Timmy and Brian included. What a carful! Uncle Billy had come back to the car with huge bags full of hamburgers and fries. I'm not sure what the people behind the counter must have thought! They must have been feeding an army? Anyways, Aunt Betty, I hope you rest in peace and kind of guide us to carry on the reunions as well as you did . We'll sure miss your whoopie pies! Love Julie

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Biography

Athens—Betty J. Whiting, 78, of Athens, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at her home, with family by her side.

She was born on July 1, 1940 in Brighton, the daughter of Charles Keaten and Christie (Corson) Keaten.

She graduated from Somerset Academy in Athens, class of 1958.

She married the love of her life William O. Whiting on Oct. 29, 1960 in Athens, sadly he was suddenly taken from her in February of 2006.


Betty worked for Medway Shoe and Lighthouse Footwear as a handlacer, spending many years between the two.

Betty was a dedicated Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother attending almost all school and sporting events, often arriving before players and coaches (in order to get her preferred spot). Over the years she spent countless hours planning and preparing for family reunions and gatherings which usually included a creative surprise, that could only be dreamed up by her. She loved to dance, travel and enjoyed gambling. She was an avid scrapbooker and enjoyed writing rhyming jingles which she collected into an entire book. She was known for her famous Whoopie Pies, quite often they were gone before it was dessert time. She enjoyed going out to lunch every month with "The Girls". Betty took pride in the care of her home and grounds. She loved spending time with the family and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two sons, Timothy Whiting and his wife, Sandy, of Athens, Brian Whiting and his wife, Janice, of Skowhegan, three grandchildren, Sarena Haynie and her husband, Andrew, of Athens, Joshua Whiting and his wife, Breanna, of Harmony, Zachary Whiting and his companion, Courtney Rolfe, of Skowhegan, 7 great grandchildren, Ella, Silas, Finnian, Abram, Karson, Caraline, and Addison, four sister-in-laws, Joyce Norman, Gwen Pomerleau, Sherry Polzun, and Frances Keaten, many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

She is predeceased by her Mother and Father, husband William and many brothers and sisters.

The family extends a special thank-you to Auntie Gwen for her assistance and loving care of Betty.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Me.

A funeral service to celebrate Betty's life will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, 2:00 pm at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating.

Interment will be in the spring at Mt. Rest Cemetery in Athens