Betty L. Whittier, of Kerrville, Texas, was victorious in her five-year fight with cancer, leaving it behind on her way to a better place on Monday, June 10, 2019, in Kerrville.
She was born in Toledo, Ohio, to George and Ivida Bruning on September 13, 1936. She married Louis Westlund (who is deceased) on November 21, 1959, in Toledo, Ohio. She later married her beloved husband, Charles E. “Ted” Whittier on June 14, 1991, in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Betty graduated from St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio, and from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, also in Toledo. She had a long career as an RN, 19 years of which she spent assisting in surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, Ohio, retiring in 1993. Betty was involved in community outreach activities in Perrysburg, Ohio and medical missionary work in the Caribbean, for which she also ran the logistics in addition to serving as a surgical nurse. She ran a successful professional resume service from home for 13 years as well.
After retirement, Betty and Ted travelled full-time all around the U.S. in an RV for six and a half years, ultimately settling in Kerrville, Texas, in 2003.
She enjoyed time to herself in her own space, was a member of the KPD Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and ran a manufacturer’s coupon collection service for overseas military personnel on Okinawa, Japan, which service has been taken over by the Christian Women’s Job Corps here in Kerrville.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents and first husband.
She is survived by her husband, Ted; children, Michael and wife Beth, David and wife Dixie, Marty and spouse Steve and Julie; stepchildren, Mark and wife Mindia, Jennifer and spouse James Taylor, Kathryn and spouse Joe, Heather and husband Ed and Kevin; and grandchildren Zachary, Zoe, Nathan, Andy, Evan, Autumn, Jozef, Bridger, Kiska, Ryan, Shamus and Jordan.
Memorial services in Kerrville and Perrysburg, Ohio, will be held at a later date.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Peterson Hospice, Kerrville, Texas; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church endowment, Kerrville, Texas; St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, Perrysburg, Ohio; and St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee, Ohio.
The Whittier family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and blessings to God’s angels on earth: Dr. Young, the nurses and staff of Peterson Hospice; and, especially, Diane Scull, RN, who formed a special bond with Betty. In addition, thanks go to the doctors and staff of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and, all who have provided Betty such loving care on her way to triumph over this dread disease, which could not be cured in this world, by graduating to a much better place.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.