Clara L. Whitaker, 89, of Kansas City, Kansas, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019, at Olathe Hospice House. She was born February 14, 1930, in Concordia, Missouri, to the late Oscar and Laura Poese. Clara was raised in Concordia. She moved to Kansas City shortly after graduating from high school which is where she met her husband, Eddie, while both were working at Yellow Freight. They were married January 20, 1951, and together raised three children, Mark (Christine) Whitaker of Portland, Oregon, Kenneth (Sharon) Whitaker of Olathe, Kansas, and Sharon (Joel) Haley of Paola, Kansas.
Clara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her hands were rarely still. She was a remarkable cook and enjoyed gardening and sewing. She made many beautiful quilts over the years making sure each of her children and grandchildren had at least one. Clara was a dedicated KC Royals and KU basketball fan and hardly ever missed watching a game on TV. She loved playing Rummikub and took the game very serious, especially when playing with her grandchildren.
Clara was a member of Risen Savior Lutheran Church and was very active in the women’s groups and served the church in any way she could.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Whitaker, sisters Virginia, Vera, Edith and Eunice, brothers Harvey and Ralph and her parents. She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Melba Poese and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.
Visitation and funeral will be held at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 14700 Leavenworth Road, Basehor, Kansas. Visitation will be Monday, November 18, 2019, from 5pm to 7pm and the funeral will be Tuesday, November, 19, 2019, at 10:30am. Memorial contributions may be made to Risen Savior Lutheran Church or Olathe Hospice House.
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Olathe Hospice House
15310 S. Merrion St., Olathe KS 66061
Risen Savior Lutheran Church
14700 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor KS 66007