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Verla Whitaker, 95 - November 13, 2016

Verla Whitaker, 95, of Westminster, CO, originally of Gothenburg, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Covenant Village.
Memorial services were conducted on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Covenant Village of Colorado. Graveside services were Friday, Nov. 18, at Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Whitaker was born June 30, 1921, at Gothenburg to a Swedish couple, Arthur and Anna Peterson. She had one sister, Lola May, who was two years older but died at age 10. She was born at the New Hope Community, north of Gothenburg, where she lived until the family moved into town when she was in the third grade.
She attended Kearney State Teacher’s College, and later graduated from Wheaton College in 1949.
Whitaker taught in country schools for three years before going to the Evangelical Free Church School in Chicago.
In August of 1949, she left for Venezuela where she served as a missionary until 1989. She loved her work on the mission field, according to family members.
She retired from the mission field in Venezuela April 1, 1989, the same day she married Darrel C. Whitaker. She often said that having Darrel for her husband seemed like frosting on the cake, stated family.
Whitaker had the wonderful fulfillment of service for the Lord and then the special blessing of having a husband, three step-children, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as a lifelong relationship with many of her cousins, family said.
?She and her husband were able to travel together, both on short term mission trips as well as for pleasure, to over 50 countries and five continents.
The couple resided at Littleton, CO, for seven years until they moved to Covenant Village of Colorado in Westminster in March of 1996. She enjoyed life at the Village and felt rewarded as she visited people in the care center to comfort and encourage them, until her health began to decline.
Whitaker was preceded in death by: her parents, Arthur in 1983 and Anna in 1954; a step-mother, Nettie in 1984.
Memorials are suggested to the Evangelical Free Church Missions and can be designated to the family or sent to: Evangelical Free Church Missions, 901 East 78th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55420.