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 Patsy <I>Pickrell</I> Whittemore

Patsy Pickrell Whittemore

Birth
Mechanicsburg, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 8 Jan 1950 (aged 77)
Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Plot ELMWOOD 1 26W 3
Memorial ID 149689380 · View Source
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True Republican, 10 January 1950

Mrs. Floyd Whittemore, prominent and highly regarded resident of Sycamore quietly passed away in her sleep, early Sunday morning, at her apartment home at 319 West Elm street. Her death is attributed to a heart attack. She had been in rather fragile health for some time.

Patsy Pickrell was born on July 9, 1872 near Mechanicsburg, Sangamon County and was the third daughter of George and Emma Winn Pickrell.

After her public school education, she took up nurses training and was graduated from the Nurses’ Training School of the Women’s Hospital in Chicago. She practiced in her professional field for several years and on February 14, 1908 was united in marriage at Lanesville to Floyd Whittemore, younger son of the late Captain and Mrs. Henry C. Whittemore of Sycamore. They remained in Lanesville, where Mr. Whittemore operated a general store until 1918 when they moved to Sycamore, Mr. Whittemore being associated with the First National Bank here.

They resided in Sycamore six years, then went to California to live. After six years of residence in the west they returned to this community to again make their home, Mr. Whittemore serving then as secretary and treasurer of the Turner Brass Works, until his last illness. Following his death in 1939, Mrs. Whittemore sold the family home on West State street and moved into her present apartment home. To this union was born one son, Kelsey P. Whittemore who resides with his family in Rockford.

The passing of Mrs. Whittemore removes from this community one of its finest women. Before her health failed she was active and interested in club and civic affairs, also prominent socially. She was an ardent Red Cross worker and during World War One, served as the chairman of the local chapter. She held a keen interest in the Sycamore Public Library and helped to promote its progress. Mrs. Whittemore was a great lover of books, and throughout her life read extensively.

Her outstanding cordiality won for her many friends, who will miss her sorely. It was a pleasure to be in her company, as she was always jovial and also very interesting.

Left to mourn her demise is her devoted son, Kelsey P. Whittemore of Rockford; also three grandchildren, Stephen, Donald and Margaret Whittemore, of whom she was very fond and a niece, Mrs. James F. Joslyn and a nephew George P. Winn, both of California. Preceding her in death besides her husband and parents, were two sisters, Miss Corilla Pickrell and Mrs. A. H. Pasfield and a brother, Jesse C. Pickrell.

Private funeral services are to be held this Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Johnson-Van Natta Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Mendelsohn Jr., minister of the Church of the Christian Union, Unitarian at Rockford. Cremation will follow and interment will take place later in the family lot at the Elmwood cemetery.


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  • Created by: Steve
  • Added: 23 Jul 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149689380
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patsy Pickrell Whittemore (9 Jul 1872–8 Jan 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149689380, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Steve (contributor 48380989) .