|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 2010|
Kathryn Griggs Whaley, 93, of Houston, TX, died April 29th, 2010, at Emeritus of Cy-Fair Assisted Living in Houston following a valiant fight against pneumonia.
Mrs. Whaley was born November 1, 1916, in McAlester, OK, to Ruth Landes and Joseph Peeples Griggs. She graduated from McAlester High School and attended Chillicothe Business School, Chillicothe, MO, and the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, majoring in English.
She married William Harold Whaley October 29, 1937 in Tulsa, OK, where they made their home and raised three children. Mrs. Whaley was a member of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and was active in Sunday School class leadership along with her husband.
In 1996 the couple moved to Spalding, MO, to Cloverleaf Farm, the family farm, where they enjoyed twenty years as active members of the community where Mr. Whaley grew up and had deep roots. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2005 in Houston, TX. She is also preceded in death by her parents and by their son, David Landes Whaley, also of Houston, formerly of Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
She was a prolific letter writer and kept up an extensive correspondence through the years with many life-long friends and family members. She was also known for her wry wit and lively conversations. She always sought to find a common ground with everyone, and enjoyed meeting and making friends wherever she went. She will be missed by those who loved her.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Ruth, Houston, Texas, and her husband, Dr. David Vosburg; and Norma Jean, and husband, Sam Crozier, of Blaine, WA. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kathy Vosburg Miller and husband Dennis, Houston, Texas; William Bradley Vosburg and wife Heather, Brentwood, TN; Daniel Joseph Rogers and wife Kris, of Denver, CO; Jeffrey Kyle Rogers and wife Sloane, Everett, WA; Whittney Whaley Lyon and husband Britt, Rowlett, TX; William Jason Whaley and wife Nicole, Santa Monica, CA; and Annlyn May Whaley, Harlingen, TX; and eleven great-grandchildren: Gizelle Whaley, Francesca and Giuliana Seretti, Makena Vosburg, Haley and Blake Lyon; Zach, Megan and Drew Rogers; and Kyle and Laurel Rogers.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7th at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel, Hannibal, MO. Graveside services will be Saturday morning, May 8th, at 11 a.m. at Big Creek Cemetery in Rensselaer, MO. Rev. P.J. Southam, pastor of Big Creek Presbyterian Church, will officiate.
The daughters of Kathryn suggest donations in her name may be given to The National Eye Institute which conducts research into the causes of and treatment for macular degeneration, a disease both of their parents had. Donations may be sent in care of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel, 2619 Saint Mary's Avenue, Hannibal, MO.
Joseph Peeples Griggs (1875 - 1919)
Ruth Landes Griggs (1888 - 1979)
William Harold Whaley (1913 - 2005)
David Landes Whaley (1944 - 1991)*
Big Creek Cemetery
Created by: Carolyn Whaley Vosburg
Record added: Jun 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53279169
Added: Nov. 10, 2015