Marion Carmichael Persons Whiting, 83, died December 4, 2012, with her family by her side in San Antonio, Texas. She was born August 18, 1929, in Griffin, Georgia to Col. Joseph P. and Marion C. Persons, Jr. Marion's youth was spent with her Army family living in various southeastern cities; Alexandria, Virginia; and Vienna, Austria. She graduated from the Napsonian School in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a member of Pi Pi sorority. In 1950, she graduated with a degree in Merchandising from Marjorie Webster College in Washington D.C. On December 27, 1950 she married Robert Edward Whiting and over the last 62 years lived in Texas, California, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Nebraska and England with her husband and family.
She attended Cornerstone Church, served as a Red Cross volunteer and for the last 22 years been an active court appointed Advocate with CASA (Child Advocates San Antonio) – earning many service awards including Advocate of the Year. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through her direct lineal descent from Patriots who aided in achieving American independence; serving as chaplain for the San Antonio Green Mountain Boys chapter. In addition, she functioned as an Officers Wives Club liaison and treasurer, Base Family Services Director, Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. With her husband, she built and managed a Super Lube franchise for many years formerly located on Pat Booker Road.
Her interests included family, reading, and tennis. Her later years were spent traveling with her husband to Australia, Alaska, Antarctica, Panama Canal, Russia, Europe, and to visit loved ones and friends throughout the United States. She devoted much of her time and energy to family and as a caregiver to her mother until she passed away at age 79. For the past twenty five years she has been an active sponsor with Save the Children and participated in Rotary International's Youth Exchange Program with her husband as a host family. Her friends described her as a kind and gentle lady, devoted to her family. Mrs. Whiting is survived by her husband, Bob; 2 sons, Robert Jr. and Tom and his spouse Suzanne; a daughter Julia; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marion P. Whiting may be made to CASA (Child Advocates of San Antonio) at 406 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212 or http://www.casa-satx.org/donate/.
Special thanks to the Evercare Hospice and Northeast Baptist Hospital staff. A visitation and funeral service will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. and Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00A.M. at Colonial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook at www.colonialuniversal.com.