Rosealene Whaley, 74, of South Whitley, died at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. She was born Nov. 18, 1935 in Sidney, a daughter of Russell J. and Veva M. (Rickert) Farley.
She was a lifetime South Whitley resident except for three years in Wyoming (Big Piney). She graduated from Chester High School, North Manchester, with the Class of 1953 and completed one year at Fort Wayne Warner Beauty College. She married Lee H. Whaley on June 6, 1954 in
North Manchester, at the United Brethren Church.
She was a lifetime beautician at various locations, as well as working for Essex Wire as a wire inspector for nine years, Weatherhead, Columbia City as an inspector for 3 1/2 years and a truck driver for 5 1/2 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and a past leader of 4-H and the Boy and Girl Scouts.
Survivors include her husband, Lee Hanson Whaley of South Whitley; children, Vicky L. (Ronnie) Camacho of Phoenix, Ariz.; Veryl R. (Debbie) Whaley of Columbia City; LeAnna M. (Tom) Andreas of Columbia City; Charles L. Whaley of Columbia City; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Russell (Devona) Farly of North Manchester.; sisters, Arlene L. Merriett of North Manchester and Barbara A. (Jim) Sorlie of Fort Wayne; and mother-in-law, Helen Whaley of Columbia City.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A graveside service took place at 11 a.m. today at South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley. Pastor Gene Rohrer of Oak Grove United Methodist Church officiated. Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Memorial bequests may be given in Mrs. Whaleyâ€™s memory to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home or Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To sign the guest register or send condolences, log onto www.demoneygrimes.com.