Rushville Republican

February 20, 2013

Shirley Ann Whitfield, 79


Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Shirley Ann Whitfield, 79, of Carthage, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Community East Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Aug. 9, 1933, in Huntington and was the daughter of Clayton and Velma (Bennett) Todd; both are deceased. She married Robert Leon Whitfield Jan. 19, 1952; he survives.

Shirley moved to Carthage at the age of 8 and lived there the rest of her life. She worked eight years at Carthage Radio & Appliance Shop and 28 years at Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home near Knightstown. Her hobbies were baking and decorating cakes, catering for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.  

In addition to her husband, she leaves behind two daughters, Patia (husband, David) Ertel and Theresa (husband, Terry) Speer; one son, Gregory (wife, Andrea) Whitfield; nine grandchildren, Danielle Wilson, Christina Porter, Sarah McCoy, Melisa Speer, Jason Speer, Tasha DeFelice, Tonya Mason, Courtney Whitfield and Connor Whitfield; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (wife, Edith) Todd of Knightstown; two sisters, Betty (Robert) Dean of Knightstown and Sharon (Thomas) Roberts of Carthage; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Todd of Anderson and William Todd of Indianapolis; three sisters, Donna Brooks-Hiner of Kennard, Frances DeWitt of Carthage and Patricia DeWitt of Rushville.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel with Rev. Ron DeWitt officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Ridge Cemetery near Carthage. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

As a breast cancer survivor, the family requests memorial contribution be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 3500 DePauw Blvd., Suite 2070, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

You may express a condolence or share a memory of Shirley at www.hinsey-brown.com.