Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Whitaker


Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Whitaker, 81, of Quincy, passed away at 6:00 pm Monday, March 11, 2024, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Friends and Family are invited to Betty Lou’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL. A Funeral Ceremony will directly follow at 11:00 am with Rev. Orville Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL.

Born on November 2, 1942 to Harold and Betty (Buckman) Calhoun, Betty Lou’s journey began in the heart of Monroe City. On June 15, 1963, she married the love of her life, Charles “Chaz” E. Whitaker, in a beautiful ceremony in her hometown. Their union was blessed with love, laughter, and the gift of four wonderful children. Although her beloved Chaz preceded her in death in 2019, the legacy of their love continued to flourish through their family.

Survivors include her three children, Randy Whitaker (Misty Brunier), Russell “Bo” Whitaker (Tana Logue), and Renee Whitaker; thirteen grandchildren, Kelsey, Ivy, Sabrina, Grayson, Harlie, Taeja, Ariel, Jayce, Rayne, Talon, Amyra, Janae, and Logan; and three siblings, Johnny Calhoun, Sandy Novel (Ray), and Beverly Shobe.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Rhonda Kay; a grandson, Timothy; and her two sisters, Shirley Jean and Diane.

Before her retirement, Betty Lou was a dedicated worker, first at the Quincy Paper Box factory and later as a housekeeper at the Quincy Mall. Her strong work ethic was matched by her commitment to her community, where she was an active volunteer and member of the Eagles Club, VFW, and the American Legion. Betty Lou was catholic by faith.

Betty Lou’s zest for life was evident in her many interests and hobbies. She had a passion for dancing, often gracing the floor at the Star Club in Hannibal, MO, with her mother. The outdoors brought her immense joy, whether she was meticulously caring for her yard, tending to her hanging baskets, or enjoying the simplicity of mowing the lawn. Camping was a favorite family activity, with many cherished memories created at Bayview Campgrounds. Summers at the Lake of the Ozarks were among her most treasured times, filled with laughter and love.

A talented cook, Betty Lou’s pot roast and chicken and noodles were the highlights of family dinners, and her famous pumpkin bread was a much-anticipated treat at every gathering. Above all, her greatest pleasure was being with her family, where she was the heart and soul of every celebration. Betty Lou’s life was marked by the love she shared and the kindness she showed to others. She leaves behind a legacy of generosity and a family that adores her. While her presence will be deeply missed, the memories she created will continue to bring comfort and smiles to those who were fortunate enough to be part of her life.

Pallbearers will be Don Shobe, Danny Shobe, Darrel Wheeler, Mike Novel, Joey Novel, Rod Calhoun, Clinton Calhoun, Jayce Logue, and Logan Raleigh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blessing Hospice or Blessing Critical Care.

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