Mary (Kelly) Whiteman

Mary Kelly Whiteman, 86, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2021 surrounded by loving children and devoted caregivers. Mary Kelly was born on June 7,1935 in Great Barrington, MA. In passing she joins her parents, Francis James and Sara Dunn Kelly, her younger sister, Anne, and her devoted husband of 54 years, Joseph David Whiteman. She married Joe during a Christmas holiday snowstorm in 1962. They shared the joy of raising five children, and later welcomed 13 grandchildren. Mary was the epitome of patience, love and grace. She was guided by her deep faith in God and her Roman Catholic upbringing. It is those qualities which characterized all of her words and actions.

Mary graduated from Trinity College in Washington, DC and worked as an analyst for the CIA where she was stationed in London and Washington DC. After her children were born, Mary dedicated her talents and intellect to motherhood. Mary, Joe and their children lived in Indiana, New Jersey, Minnesota and Kansas before settling in Shaker Heights, OH in 1975. They lived in Shaker Heights where Joe was general counsel at Parker Hannifin Corporation until 1998 when they retired to Stowe, Vermont. In Stowe, Mary and Joe enjoyed retirement alongside her sister and brother in law, Theresa and Gerry Griffin. The two couples travelled often and shared many adventures and stories. In 2014 Joe and Mary moved to Virginia Beach to be close to their daughter Sally and her husband, Dr. Daniel Dickinson. They were welcomed to Virginia Beach and made to feel at home by Dr. Andy and Mary Dickinson and their family.

View Mary’s full obituary here.