Merle Whipkey obituary (2021) – Rogersville, Pennsylvania

Merle Ann King Whipkey, 70, of Holbrook, died on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at her home with her family by her side from non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma. She also bravely faced 35 years of rheumatoid arthritis.

She was born September 4, 1951 at the former Greene County Memorial Hospital in Waynesburg, daughter of the late Robert Wesley King and Gertrude Lucille Tharp King.

Merle graduated from Waynesburg High School in 1969 and worked for two years at the old Greene County Memorial Hospital until her marriage.

She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Waynesburg, where she attended all of her life and was a member for 40 years. She has been involved in many church activities including; receptionist, singing in the choir and helping to prepare and serve funeral meals.

She was also a former Sunday School assistant teacher, treasurer and mission secretary, a children’s teacher, and helped decorate the church for Christmas for 30 years.

On July 16, 1972, at the Brave Assembly of God Church, by Reverend John DeNicola, she married her beloved husband, Ronald Ray Whipkey, who survives. They celebrated 49 years of marriage together.

A son, Ronald Adrian Whipkey, and his wife, Katrina of Waynesburg, also survive; and a daughter, Scarlett Ann Burns and her husband Nyle of Wind Ridge; five wonderful grandchildren, Kyra, Seth and Brooklyn Burns and Deakin and Brielle Whipkey; two sisters, Dawna (Clarence) Evans of Brave, Carol (Eric) Ranieri of Prosperity; two brothers, Robert (Corla) King of Waynesburg, Richard (Belinda) King of Wind Ridge; also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Sara Lee King; and her in-laws, Ray and Wanda Whipkey.

She enjoyed doing a lot of things, including gardening flowers and vegetables, canning, knitting, embroidery, reading – especially biographies, autobiographies, and books on the Civil War and the Holocaust. Listen to piano music, collect pottery and take a walk with your grandchildren.

She always kept a clean house and liked to organize herself. She loved to travel anywhere with her husband, but her favorite vacation spots were Oak Island Beach in North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Dollywood in Tennessee.

The family would like to thank Concordia Hospice for the care provided to Merle.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 at Kesterson-Rush Funeral Home, LLC., 3275 W. Roy Furman Hwy., Rogersville. Telephone: 724-499-5181.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 30, with Pastor James Galbraith officiating.

Interment will follow at Rosemont cemetery in central township.

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Posted by Observer-Reporter on September 28, 2021.

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