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Shirley M. Whitman

1930 - 2019

Shirley M. Whitman 88, of Housels Run Road in Milton went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 19, 2019 at her home. Born in Turbotville on October 17, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Emery and Edna (Buss) Anspach. On April 18, 1954 she married the love of her life, Frederick B. Whitman, and together they celebrated 62 years of marriage before his passing in 2016.


Shirley was a 1949 graduate of North-Mont High School in Turbotville. She waitressed at the Halfway House in Turbotville for her father and briefly worked in the office at ACF in Milton. She was a member of the Montandon Methodist Church and of the Eastern Star in Lewisburg. After marrying and starting a family she became a full-time mother and homemaker, doing what she enjoyed most: preparing delicious food and baked goods for her loved ones. She was well known for her Christmas cookies, which she always shared with others so no one went without.


Surviving are two daughters and one son-in law Gail and Ted Fox and Sue Whitman both of Milton; two granddaughters and their husbands, Dr. Jori Beck and LTJG Timothy Ferguson, United States Navy, of Norfolk, VA, and Joci and Justin Makar of Dexter, MI; one great-granddaughter Julien Makar, a brother Nevin Anspach of Turbotville; and a sister, Nancy Quintin of York.


In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Mark Whitman; three brothers Harold, Lee and Bernard Anspach; and one sister Irene Sechler.


In keeping with her wishes of no formal services, a brief graveside service will be held in Montandon Cemetery on Saturday at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Carol Haas officiating. Shirley enjoyed sharing a meal with her family so, in her honor, the family will host lunch at Country Cupboard in Lewisburg at 11:00 AM and invite those who would like to share fond memories.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests you honor her memory with a donation to charity to help feed those in need or your local animal shelter because Shirley loved her pet Yorkie, Maddie. You could also bake a batch of your favorite cookies to share with friends in her honor.


Gail, Sue and Family,
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to the entire family. Cherish all your memories and keep them close to you.

God Bless-
Mary Mertz, Kim and Harold Raup

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