October 10, 1942 – June 12, 2018
Marie Lee Whelan was born October 10, 1942. She died peacefully June 12, 2018 with her family at her side. Marie was the oldest of five children born to Ada and Maynard Ek. In 1960 she married Frank Earl Whelan. To this union were born her two sons, Frank Earl Whelan Jr. (Joe) and Paul Eugene Whelan. Over the years Frank and Marie took in many families and individuals that needed a place to stay, the door was always open for anyone in need. They were very generous and giving of whatever they had even though it wasn’t much. If you ever visited the Whelan home and commented that you liked something, often you left with that item. For nearly five decades the Whelan’s parked cars in their large yard across from the County Fair in Filer, many returning year after year because she treated all like family, never knowing a stranger. Marie is survived by her son Paul Whelan (Michelle) of Sacramento, CA, her granddaughter Anita Arsenault (Al) of Twin Falls, ID, grandson Miciah Whelan (Jessica) of Carmichael, CA, and her very precious and beloved great-grandsons, Jonathan James Arsenault, Joe Michael Arsenault, Jeremy Kevin Arsenault, and Justin Lee Arsenault, all of Twin Falls, ID. Her sisters, Brandi Jones and Sherry Meyer and her very close friend Marsha Cooper. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband Frank, her oldest son Joe Whelan and her granddaughter Jessica Lynn Whelan. Her siblings Larry Ek and Linda Christensen also preceded her in death. At Marie’s request, there will be no services held. Arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel.
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June 12, 2018
A friend to many, she knew no strangers. She opened her door to countless people, down on their luck, the sick, etc. Her compassion even when she had nothing was astounding! She loved deeply. She will be missed.