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Laura Jane Jenkins Whitaker
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A celebration of life for Laura Jane Jenkins Whitaker, 78, of Cornelia, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Smith officiating.

Mrs. Whitaker died March 20, 2013, at Habersham Medical Center.

Born Dec. 11, 1933, in Newberry, S.C., she was a daughter of the late James Fredrick and Annie Mae McEntire Jenkins.

Mrs. Whitaker was a school teacher for 33 years, having retired as a librarian at Baldwin Elementary. She obtained her teaching certification from Piedmont College and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Georgia. She was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church and enjoyed painting, cooking and knitting. She was an avid story teller.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, W.R. “Coach Whit” Whitaker of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Sandra Whitaker of Toccoa; daughter and son-in-law, Stella “Tootsie” and David Price of Cornelia; grandchildren, Annie (Justin) Craig of Toccoa, Benjamin Whitaker (Kimberly) Price of Savannah, and Jane Marie Price of Cornelia.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Baldwin Elementary PTO, Library Fund, 894 Willingham Ave., Baldwin, GA 30511; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 855 Abutment Rd., Ste. 6, Dalton, GA 30721.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.

The Northeast Georgian

March 22, 2013