Whitburn, Betty

Written by David Green.

Betty L. Whitburn, 90, of E. Locust Street, Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 6, 2006 at Toledo Hospital.

She was born June 27, 1916 in Fayette, Ohio, the daughter of Vern and Ethel (Fortney) Gleason. She married Donald McCaskey in October 1935 and he preceded her in death in 1971. She then married George Whitburn in 1973, and he survives.

Betty was a homemaker who lived most of her life in the Morenci area. She was a member of the Sand Creek Community Church, the Morenci Senior Citizens Club, the Birthday Club and the Card Club.

Besides her husband, Betty is survived by two daughters, Connie Vinton of Tecumseh, Mich. and Carol (and Arnold) Smith of Morenci; three sons, Charles (and Grace) McCaskey and George (and Patricia) McCaskey, both of Morenci and Roger (and Jeanne) McCaskey of Osseo; a stepson, Merrill (and Diane) Whitburn of New York; two sisters, Virginia Whetro of Fayette and Phyllis Naylor of Adrian; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Besides her first husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents and a grandchild.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

 

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