Emma Mae H. Whitaker

April 18, 2013

CHAMPION, N.Y.  —  Emma Mae Hazelton Whitaker, 98, passed away Thursday morning at her home on the Whittaker Road under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

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. 

On nice days, Emma could be found mowing her lawn or enjoying time at her camp on Pleasant Lake.

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. 

She was predeceased by two grandchildren, Mitchel Shove, Rossie and Brandie Rowsam, Black River.

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.

Information provided by Lundy Funeral Home, Inc., and Newzjunky.com, Watertown, N.Y.