CIMARRON – Hazel Fae Whitaker, 86, died Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Shepherd’s Center in Cimarron.
She was born Oct. 9, 1927 to William “Bill” and Mae (English) Heath on the family farm near Ensign.
She married Donald Dale Whitaker on April 6, 1946 in Meade. He preceded her in death on November 16, 1961.
She was a lifetime resident of Gray County, attending grade school in rural Gray County and graduating from Cimarron High School in 1945.
She was a homemaker until her husband’s death and then began working at various jobs in Cimarron including Fisher’s IGA, Dr. Ellis’ Chiropractor Office and then worked 27 ½ years at the Cimarron Insurance Company as a Records Manager until her retirement in April 1998.
She was a member of the First Christian Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Cimarron Golf Association, the Jolly Janes Card Club, the Play More Card Club and the local bridge club, all in Cimarron.
She was an avid golfer winning many tournaments throughout Southwest Kansas. She loved golfing, fishing, playing cards, bowling, traveling, gambling, attending school activities, meeting friends at Clark Pharmacy and the Over Fifty Senior Center.
She loved spending time with family.
Survivors include her three sons: Jim and wife, Nell, Fort Lawn, S.C., Jerry and wife, Pam, Dodge City, and Don and wife, Cindy, Liberal; brother, Robert “Bob” Heath and wife, Anne, Summerville, S.C.; sister-in-law, Leona Wooten, Wichita; eight grandchildren: Pam Ashworth, Missi Curtis, Pat Whitaker, Alison Freeman and Chris Freeman, all of South Carolina, Scott Whitaker and Chad Warden, both of Liberal and Jolyn Sena, Lawrence; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leroy “Jack” Heath; sister, Norma Kay Glore; brother-in-law, Wayne Glore; and granddaughter, Tamsen Lea Whitaker.
• Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the First Christian Church, Cimarron with Rev. David Johnson presiding.
Burial will be in Greencrest Memorial Gardens in Dodge City immediately following the service.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel in Cimarron.
Memorials are suggested to The Shepherd’s Center, First Christian Church, Over Fifty Senior Center or Cimarron Golf Club all in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 446, Cimarron, Kansas 67835.
Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.