|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1997|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 2008|
Skyla Jade Whitaker, a resident of rural Henryetta (Salem) passed this life on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at the age of 11.
Cause of death: Murdered
Skyla 11, and her friend Taylor Placker, 13, had just gone on a short walk from home on a rural country road and both were found a short time later by Taylor's grandfather. Both had been shot to death. Their story has now made national headlines.
Skyla was born April 5, 1997 in Joplin, Missouri to William and Rose (Farrow) Whitaker.
Skyla attended Graham School.
From the Tulsa World Newspaper 6/12/2008
Weleetka School Mourns Slain Girls
Since their death, their classmates and teachers at Graham School have spent countless hours trying to memorialize them and raise money for their families.
"They were very sweet, loving girls. They were both good with their grades and active in everything we had going here," said Kim Moore, an employee of Graham School where both girls attended. Taylor 13, was the only girl in the 6th grade and Skyla 11, was in the 5th grade. But both girls was in the same class because there were only 10 students in both grades combined. Both girls on the cheerleading squad and Skyla was on the basketball team. There was only 6 girls on the 5th-6th grade squad and one of those was a 4th grader.
The girls are describes as opposite from each other, yet the perfect pair.The teachers said it was rare to see one without the other. "Skyla" was real bubbly and always smiling. Taylor was more reserved, shy and quiet. You couldnt ask for better kids.
Skyla and Taylor both active in the 4-H and SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco).
Skyla was a carefree adventurer, the girl who walked barefoot almost everywhere and rode her bicycle down endless dirt roads, said her grandmother Claudia Farrow. Where she went her many cats followed, along with her pet goat. Skyla wanted to become a veterinarian.
She is preceded in death by a Grandmother:
Parents: William and Rose Whitaker of the home
Rosita Gordon of Tulsa, OK.
Christina Whitaker of Popular Bluff, ARK.
Jayme Whitaker of the home
Brother: Edward Gordon of Columbus, Kansas
Jim and Claudia Farrow of rural Graham, OK
Bill and Sharron Whitaker of Baxter Springs, KS
Linda Pritchard of Henryetta, OK
"Granny" Hester Gregg of Wagnor, OK
"Granpa" Harold Getman of Baxter, Springs, KS
Great Grandmother Mary Pritchard of Miller, MO.
Services will be 2:00pm Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Henryetta First Baptist Church.
Rev. Jim Pasley will officiate
Services are under the direction of Rogers Funeral Home
THANKS TO MY DEAR FRIEND MICHELE - 'CHRIS MOM' FOR SPONSORING SKYLA'S MEMORIAL AND ALSO HER FRIEND TAYLOR. PLEASE EVERYONE WHO CAN GO BY AND LEAVE A FLOWER OR NOTE FOR 'CHRIS MOM' SON WHO WENT TO BE WITH JESUS IN 2007. HIS NAME IS CHRISTOPHER PAUL EPLEY - DENISON, TEXAS. HE IS LISTED IN MY VIRTUAL CEMETERIES UNDER ANGEL TEENS...THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Susie~In Loving Memory~
Record added: Jun 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27510441