Jeannette Whited, wife of Charis Pastor Robert (Bob) Whited, died on October 20, 2021. She served alongside her husband at Charis churches in North English, Iowa; Cheyenne, Wyo.; San Jose, Calif.; York, Penn.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Cherry Valley, Calif. A version of her obituary appears below.
Jeannette Maxine Whited, 93, went home to Jesus on October 20, 2021, in Chandler, Ariz., after a long battle with dementia and several diseases. She was born December 3, 1927, in Sunnyside, Wash., to Daisy and Young Smith. She graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1946.
She was married to Robert D. Whited on June 14, 1946. The first several years of their marriage they lived in Sunnyside, Wash., Ketchikan, Alaska, and Long Beach, Calif., until he was discharged from the US Coast Guard. They lived in Seattle, Wash., and Winona Lake, Ind., for Robert’s undergraduate and Master of Divinity respectively.
After her husband’s ordination into the ministry, they served at Charis Fellowship churches in Iowa, Wyoming, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and back to California before retiring. She was her husband’s loving and supportive companion in ministry for over 30 years.
Jeannette was primarily a homemaker but held various retail positions. She wrote several articles for church publications, held offices for women’s ministries, and taught Sunday school. Her life was a living example of a devoted pastor’s wife.
She was loved and cherished by many lifelong friends and parishioners. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Her husband, Robert, her parents, sister Jean Berk, great granddaughter Scarlett Olivia Ochoa, and son-in-law Roger Warren preceded her in death
Left to honor Jeannette and remember her love are her four daughters Karen Spiker (Jack) of Cheyenne, Wyo., Catherine Fanning (Bob) of Chandler, Ariz., Barbara Warren of Grand Junction, Colo., Jean Fitzpatrick (Steve) of Sumner, Wash.; 9 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
She was interred with her husband of 67 years on November 5, 2021, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.
Special thanks to the team of Traditions Health Hospice in Scottsdale, Ariz., and her loving caregivers, Tess Allyn and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory on the Samaritan’s Purse website.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalms 116:15).