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Ella D. Whitaker, 99

April 4, 2012

Ella D. Whitaker, 99, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Jan. 8, 1913, in Josephine (Indiana County), a daughter of the late L. Edward and Bessie (Gorsuch) Doutrich.

In June 1950, she married Dale C. Whitaker, who preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1958.

Mrs. Whitaker was a graduate of Blairsville High School and Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania).

She retired in 1973 from the federal government as a personnel management specialist.

Mrs. Whitaker was a member of the First Baptist Church in Punxsutawney, the Progressive Study Club and the National Federal Employees Association, for which she served as service officer in the local chapter. She also served as a volunteer through the Community Action Adult Education Program.

She was the last of her family.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Doutrich McKee.

At Mrs. Whitaker’s request, there will be no visitation.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the First Baptist Church, Punxsutawney, with the Rev. Mary Lewis officiating.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 209 East Union St., Punxsutawney, Pa. 15767 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.faitfuneralhome.com.

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