Letha Moore Whitlow, 82 of Baxter Springs, entered into rest with Jesus Christ her Savior on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm at Maranatha Village in Springfield, Mo. She was born February 13, 1935 in Centrahoma, Okla. to Willie and Annis Edrie (Mom) Moore of Centrahoma, Okla. She attended Tennessee Praire Church of Baxter Springs, Kan. She graduated with her High School Class of 1952 in Centrahoma, Okla. and went on to attend East Central University in Ada, Okla. Letha moved to Fort Smith, Ark. with her sister, Alean Moore in 1953. Fort Smith is where her adventure and love story began! She met Bill (William H., Jr.) Whitlow, they fell in love and married October 30, 1954. Letha traveled with Bill while he was employed with Stromberg Carlson Telephone Switching. They had five children together, Tracie Lynn, Teri Lea, William Harry III (Billy), Tina Louise and Mitchell Larry. They later settled in Baxter Springs, Kan. Letha was a housewife and also helped Bill with Whitlow Communications which began in 1960. She and Bill divorced in 1993 where she moved to Kimberling City, Mo. and started her own business, "In the Mood Espresso Parlor" with homemade fudge, hand dipped ice cream, gourmet coffees, teas and gift baskets with her daughter, Teri and granddaughter, Jaime. She was involved in preparing gift baskets for golf groups for the Crowne Plaza and other resorts with music themes from her favorite artists like Harry James, Glenn Miller and more. She was also asked to prepare a gift basket for George McGovern for the Crowne Plaza, while he was visiting in Branson. She moved to Houston, Texas to be near her youngest daughter, Tina and Texas family in 1995. She worked for N.W. Assistant Ministries at The Rotary Learning Center while in Houston, assisting bilingual students who were learning to speak English. She moved back to Baxter Springs, Kan. in 2005 and worked for The First United Methodist Church in Baxter Springs as a receptionist until retiring in the Spring of 2011 in Nixa, Mo.
She loved riding horses as a child, also having a paper route with her horse in Centrahoma, Okla. She looked forward to training horses when she retired. "Ragtime" was the name that was chosen for that horse and training horses turned into a dream and not the reality that she had hoped for when she retired. She also loved playing the piano and keyboard, reading and was very intelligent on many different subjects. Sewing, cooking, boating and swimming were many of her other interests that she enjoyed. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren shopping with them individually. There were also many fun, spontaneous trips with her and her children and grandchildren that will forever be memorable. She made so many friends from small children to seniors with so many loving her. Letha loved Jesus Christ, learning to place the Lord first and her family next. She prayed very special prayers of faith for many. She was always her children's and grandchildren's cheerleader through what may have seemed the impossible, when everything could be answered with prayers and faith. She will be missed by her family and everyone who loved her.
Letha was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Edrie Moore; siblings, Warren, Geraldine and Garwin Moore; great-grandson, Sam and former spouse, William H. Whitlow, Jr.
Letha is survived by her sister, Alean Moore; two sons, William H. Whitlow, III (Lynnette) and Mitchell L. Whitlow; three daughters, Tracie Whitlow, Teri Whitlow and Tina Thomasson (Jimmy); nine grandchildren: Angie Kinard, Brandon Ungaro, Josh Ungaro, Jaime Peters, Laci Bautista, Hannah Yuebanks, Shona Tyree, Jared Thomason and Tanner Thomason; nine great-grandchildren: Kayla, Issac, Kylie, Noah, Addison, Anna, Cody, Jade and Brantley and one great-great grandson, Jaxon and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Noon, Monday, December 18, 2017 at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel. Pastors's Dave and Mary Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Baxter Springs Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. til service time Monday, December 18, 2017.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Angie Kinard, Brandon Ungaro, Josh Ungaro, Laci Bautista, Hannah Yuebanks, Shona Tyree, Jared Thomason and Tanner Thomason. Honorary pallbears will be Jaime Peters and Anna Peters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Letha Whitlow to Tennessee Prairie Church or Intrepid Hospice in care of the funeral home.