Edna Cline Whitacre died in Bluffton, South Carolina on February 7, 2022 at the age of 97. For over 65 years she was the beloved wife of the late Bruce John Whitacre. Edna was predeceased by her son, Mike and her daughter, Mary Ann. She is survived by her children: Jill (Gary) Kooken, Lisa (Paul) Scheuermann, Eric (Lisa), Shelli (Gregg) Cobb and stepdaughter Hazel Whitacre. Edna was the grandmother of Michael (Jenna) Whitacre, Julie (Rob) DiRamio, Cheryl Gast-Whitaker, Kelley (Carl) Determeyer, Dominic Pica, Lauren, Jordan and Logan (Courtney) Scheuermann, Abby and Maddy Whitacre and Peyton and Quinn Cobb. She had 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Edna was born in Waverly, Ohio to the late Flaun and Herman Cline. She was predeceased by her 6 brothers, James (Margaret), Kenneth (Martha), Pete (Ruth), Glen (Ruth and Elaine), Jack (Martha) and Herman (Jeannie) and 2 sisters, Geneva (Clark ) and Cora. She is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edna moved to Columbus after graduating from Waverly High School in 1942. While taking dance lessons, she met her future husband, Bruce, and they were married on January 2, 1944. While raising their young family, they lived in Holy Name Parish. In 1964 they moved to their 55-year-old home and became active members of St. Timothy Parish where Edna worked bingo, started a widows group, attended Bible studies, worship and at a book club. She organized the church library and sang in the resurrection choir. Along with her church friends, she enjoyed weekly lunches at the Honey Dip Diner. At 85, she makes a pilgrimage to Israel. Edna’s church family was very important to her and supported and comforted her in the years following Bruce’s death in 2009. Edna was also blessed to be surrounded by neighbors who cared from her with love and provided her with the support and help she needed to live independently in her home until she was 94 years old.
After the birth of their daughter, Mary Ann, Edna became involved with ARC, a group dedicated to supporting families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Edna was also one of the founding members of Birthright of Columbus, which offers love, friendship and support to women who are pregnant or think they may be. Edna has been actively involved in this organization for over 50 years. As a volunteer with Birthright, she has also served as a director, regional consultant and board member. Edna was instrumental in opening the Birthright Thrift Shop. For more than 30 years, Edna regularly attended meetings of Overeaters Anonymous. She was fortunate to be surrounded by loving and supportive friends from all of these organizations.
Edna’s love of walking and her desire to stay active and healthy inspired her to deliver bi-weekly flyers to hundreds of homes in Columbus for over 40 years. After that career ended, Edna enjoyed working in her garden, mowing her lawn, shoveling snow, and walking her dog. She was blessed with the opportunity to lead an active and busy life until she was 95 years old.
Edna will be remembered as a woman of strong Catholic faith who dedicated her life to the service of others. Her family would like to thank Canterfield of Bluffton (with special thanks to SeQuoya Poteat) and Crescent Hospice for their loving care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Birthright of Columbus (2453 West Mound Street, Columbus OH 43204), The Catholic Foundation of Columbus benefiting Natural Family Planning (257 E. Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215) or St. Timothy’s Catholic Church (1088 Thomas Lane, Columbus OH 43220).
Friends can call Friday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church 1088 Thomas Lane, Columbus Ohio. A rosary will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a Christian burial mass immediately following. A private family funeral service will be held at Union Cemetery.
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Published by Legacy on February 13, 2022.