Mae H. Whitaker
Born Sept. 6, 1914, in Hammond, the daughter of Fred and Laura Hazelton, she attended a one-room schoolhouse in Hammond, where she finished eighth grade. She worked at local restaurants and did domestic work for summer residents on the St. Lawrence River.
She married Edgar Shove of Hammond in 1931. They had three children, Donna (Arnold) Conklin of Edwards, N.Y., Thelma “Patsy” (John) Brown of Carlisle, Pa., and Rodney (Joanne) Shove, of Rossie, N.Y. They divorced in 1940..
Emma later married Ai Hutton of Rossie in 1951 and had her fourth child, Gordon (Lisa) Hutton, of Adams. There were five stepchildren from this union. Mr. Hutton died in 1956.
She married Carlton Whitaker on Oct. 26, 1957. Together they ran a successful dairy farm on the Whittaker Road in Champion. They were members of the Champion Grange, NYS Grange and members of the United Methodist Church in Champion. Emma was one of the founding members of the Champion Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Mr. Whittaker passed away in December 1995.
Emma enjoyed spending time
with her family and friends, traveling, baking bread and
pies and caring for her chickens and ducks.
In addition to her four
children, she is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 30
great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Champion United Methodist Church. Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.