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Effie Mae Whiteman

Birth Date: September 22, 1925
Death Date: September 18, 2017

Effie Mae Whiteman, 91, died Monday at 11:27 a.m., September 18, 2017 at McKinley Court with family by her side. Effie was born on September 22, 1925 in South Carolina. She married Robert Whiteman 70 years ago on December 25, 1946.

She was a homemaker, life long square dancer and member of the Decatur Promenaders Club, she taught Sunday School for the preschool and kindergarten for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship at First Christian Church where she was a member for 68 years. She didn’t know a stranger and was accepting of everyone, you became part of her family. She truly loved all her family and the whole world.

She is survived by her husband, sister, 2 half-brothers, her children; Brenda (Terry) Jennings of Colorado, Donald (Debbie) Whiteman of Decatur, one sister, Lillian Evans of South Carolina, 7 grandchildren: Tina (Doug) Gist, Tammy (Brian) Dawson, Teresa Shepherd, Jeffrey (Corey) Whiteman David Whiteman, Jon (Janet) Whiteman , Mike (Barbara) Whiteman, and 9 great grandchildren 8 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William Baxter and Milbrey Harmon Bradley, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 21, 2017, First Christian Church, 3350 N MacArthur Rd with Funeral Services following. Interment at Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur at 1:30 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Society.

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Funeral Service
September 21, 2017
11:00 am
First Christian Church - Decatur
3350 N. MacArthur Rd. Decatur, IL 62526
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September 21, 2017
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  1. Brenda and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother. Many good memories of our times together at FCC in Decatur.

  2. Effie and Bob have always been a blessing. I am sure you all have a lot of fond memories. Looking forward to seeing her again in heaven some day.

  3. My name is Donna Gebhart. I wanted to extend my condolences to Bob and the family of Effie. My parents Don & Virginia Blue used to be good friends and square dance buddies with Effie & Bob many years ago. I have fond memories of them from when I was a kid. Sometimes my sister & I would attend square dances and classes and watch. Often my dad or Bob would pull us onto the dance floor to learn the steps and dance with them. My memories are of Bob being funny and Effie being a very sweet lady. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  4. We at DMH Hospice send our deepest condolences to your family. We thank you for allowing us the privilege to care for Effie and for you during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers and will be in touch to offer grief care. We are still here for you. God bless and comfort you.

    The DMH Hospice Team

  5. Grandma, you were a woman of great faith until the end. A bright light has left this world. You will be missed. You are greatly loved. You have loved so deeply and so many. This Christmas will be much different without you. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU. kisses and hugs. I will surely miss your smile and hugs! Your arms were wide open to all!

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