|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1875|
|Death: ||Aug. 26, 1943|
(Single, she was a writer, poetess, and artist). (A close friend, Miss Elizabeth Goodwin and herself adopted two sons, named them Paul and Dan WhitneyGoodwin). (Gertrude, a musician and artist of considerable note).
Cookeville Citizen September 2, 1943
Funeral services for Miss Gertrude Whitney were held Sunday afternoon at Whitson Funeral Home with Rev Dow Ensor officiating.
Miss Whitney's death occurred at her home in Dallas, Texas Thursday afternoon. She had been in failing health for about 2 years, and suffered a stroke in May from which she could not recover. The body arrived in Cookeville early Sunday morning.
Miss Whitney was born in Minnesota in 1875 and came to Cookeville with her parents, Mr & Mrs Charles H Whitney, in 1887. The family soon became prominent in the social and business affairs of the community. As a contractor and builder, her father erected many business houses and residences here just prior to and soon after the railroad came to this section. Other families related to the Whitneys later relocated here, among them being the Dr George Whitney family, the Alvin Wirt family, and the Fred White family, all being prominently associated with community activities.
Miss Whitney obtained her education in Cookeville, including music and art. She was very active in the social life of the town, and was society editor of the Cookeville Press for a number of years. She also served as assistant in the post office here for several years. She removed from Cookeville after the death of her parents and was a reporter on a Florida newspaper for some time, later becoming interested in Travelers Aid work, in which she was engaged for a considerable time. She served as a policewoman in Nashville for about 10 years and after removing to Dallas, Texas was engaged in directing playground activities there until ill health compelled her to retire.
Miss Whitney was a very capable writer of both verse and prose and an artist of ability. Only recently she wrote a series of articles entitled "Cookeville in Retrospect" which appeared serially in the Herald.
Interment was in the family plot in the City cemetery. Survivors include her sister, Mrs Millie White; her close friend, Miss Elizabeth Goodwin and their 2 adopted sons, Paul and Dan Whitney-Goodwin, with whom she had made her home for many years.
Charles Henry Whitney (1838 - 1912)
Mary Alicia Wirt Whitney (1843 - 1911)
Millie A Whitney White (1867 - 1961)*
Gertrude Whitney (1875 - 1943)
Cookeville City Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Larry Moore
Record added: Aug 15, 2010
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