WHYTE, Eleanor Virginia Lilley , 85, beloved wife of Charles W. Whyte, Sr., was welcomed home by our Lord on July 28, 2010 at home in Ravenswood, W.Va. after an extended Illness.
She was born in Sherrard, W.Va. on December 30, 1924, a daughter of the late George V. Lilley Sr. and Helen Boltz Lilley,
She is survived by her loving husband, Charles W. Whyte, Sr.; 12 children, Karen Kryah (Richard) of Canton, Ohio, James Whyte (Sara) of Ohio, Maribeth Assaley of Leesburg, Va., Charles “Chip” Whyte, Jr. of Ravenswood, W.Va., Valerie Whyte of Forest, Va., Diane Miller (David), her caregiver throughout her illness, of St. Albans, W.Va., Pamela Hanson of Winston-Salem, N.C., Robert Whyte (Sandy) of Statesville, N.C., Richard Whyte (Julie) of Gay, W.Va., Patricia Cornett (Sonny) of New Brighton, Pa., Rebecca Morriston of Charlotte, N.C. and Dr. Daniel Whyte (Raigan) of Ripley, W.Va.; 40 grandchildren, Debbie Oravetz, Rich Kryah, Kim Miller, Dave Kryah, Chris Anderson, Adam Kryah, Nathaniel Whyte, Quincy Whyte, Jacob Selby, Isaac Selby, Mercedes Whyte, Michael Whyte, Adrian Mascari, Valerie Armistead, Alexander Assaley III, Kara Assaley, Joshua Ranson, Stephanie Whyte, Lisa Paxton, Lauren Paxton, Brian Nelson, Andrea Nelson, Heather Loewenheim, Eric Hanson, Greg Hanson, Tim Hanson, Amy Whyte, Dustin Whyte, Jennifer Balles, Bridget Whyte, Kevin Whyte, Steel Lee, Danielle Lee, Kati Lee, Brittney Cornett, Jarod Cornett, Kyle Patrick, Ashtyn Whyte, Kaitlyn Whyte and Christopher Whyte; 37 great-grandchildren, Kristin Siegel, Lydia Oravetz, Stephen Oravetz, Zachary Oravetz, Rebecca Stutzman, Roberta Troyer, Ricky Kryah, Alexa Miller, Nathaniel Miller, Andrew Miller, Benjamin Miller, Caroline Kryah, Violet Kryah, Jaclyn Anderson, Mllly Anderson, Taylor Whyte, Zekeya Whyte, Zavian Whyte, Chanel Burner, Adrian Mascara, Jr., Isabella Mascara, Sophia Mascarl, Aidan Armistead, Olivia Loewenheim, Caleb Loewenheim, Hayden Hetiey, Summer Ranson, Rowan Whyte, Natalie Bailes, Evan Bailes, Jayla Lee, Damian Lee, Dominic Lee, Ryan Lee-McCollough, Madison Castillo, Lydia Castillo and Morgan Castillo; four great-great grandchildren, Calista Stutzman, Calden Stutzman, Sophia Stutzman and Landon Troyer.
She is also survived by one brother, Marvin Eugene Lllley (Shirley) of Wheeling, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Mary Rose “Dolly” McClung of Columbus, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Frank Whyte Jr. (Linda) of Wheeling, W.Va. and Thomas Whyte (Margaret Ann) of Pittsburgh, Pa.
She was preceded In death by two brothers, George Utley and Fitzgerald Lilley; and one grandson, Nicholas Morriston.
Eleanor was an incredible human being. Her life portrayed her unconditional and undying love for her family.
She was patient, kind and caring. Throughout her life, she never found anything that she couldn’t or wouldn’t do to learn or grow.
She had an intelligence far beyond any of us and read constantly, no matter what the subject (we believe she read the entire dictionary and a set of encyclopedias).
She was our mentor. Her Interests were varied and many and included antiques, history, genealogy, sewing, upholstering, herb gardening, reading, doing crossword puzzles and quilting.
She loved her home and decorating it with antiques. She had a tremendous vocabulary and was always the conversationalist.
She loved life and lived it to the fullest. We will miss her forever.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting
The soul that rises with us-our life’s star,
Has had elsewhere Its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not In entire forgetfulness, and not In utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come,
From God, who Is our home,
All things to nothingness descend,
Grow old, and die and meet their end;
Man dies, iron rusts, wood goes decayed,
Towers fall, walls crumb roses fade…. Nor long shall any name resound,
Beyond the grave, unless’t be found, In some clerk’s book, it is the pen
Give Immortality to men.
Eleanor has compassionately donated her body to The Human Gift Registry of West Virginia University for the advancement of medical education and research.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions In memory of Eleanor V. Whyte should be made to: HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W, Charleston, WV 25312. (304) 768-8523. (www.hospicecarewv.org), whose wonderful staff so graciously and compassionately assisted us in her final care.
Special thanks to Sharon Ellis, Pam Runnels, Mary Dunlap, Jennie Ford, Charlotte Hanshaw, Babb’ Hudson, Sherrie Stoffel, Kathy Easter and Judy Hodge. Your love and care helped her take her final Journey with dignity and grace.
Also special thanks to Dr. John Snyder, Ripley, W.Va., who so compassionately and respectfully cared for Eleanor over the past years. We will forever be grateful.
The family is honoring Eleanor’s life with a time of memory and fellowship on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Waybright Funeral Home, 5115. Church Street, Ripley, WV. (304)-372-2881.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m.