May 5, 1912 - Jan. 13, 2013
ELKHART - Lula Lucile Whitehead, 100 years young, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Hubbard Hill Health Care Unit in Elkhart, surrounded by loving family members.
She was born May 5, 1912, in Kokomo, the daughter of John Sommers and Clara (Shank) Sommers. She married Clinton E. Whitehead Oct. 5, 1925. He died November 22, 1970. Her husband was a captain and inspector on the Elkhart Fire Department.
An infant daughter, Judith Diane, was born July 13, 1942, and passed away Jan. 23, 1943.
Lula was a loving mother and homemaker. She began her working career in retail sales at Stanton's Dress shop, then at Ziesels Department store and retired as the long-term receptionist for the Elkhart Truth.
She then spent her retirement years making afghans, knitting and traveling throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii. She enjoyed spending time with family, golfing into her mid-80s, playing board and card games with family and friends and her daily walks. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church and found time to volunteer at Elkhart Memorial Hospital and Heart City Health Center.
She is survived by her son, Stephen Whitehead of Michigan City; grandson Scott Whitehead and his wife, Berkeley; great-grandchildren Elliott and Amelia of Los Angeles; and granddaughter Kimberly and her husband, Christian Stolte; and great-grandchildren Greta and Corinne of Skokie, Ill.
Lula was the youngest of a large family of brothers and sisters, including Maude Speicher, Erma Kronenberg, Mable Workman, and Elsie, Monroe, Melvin, Frank, William, Carl and Paul Sommers, all of whom preceded her in death.
At the tender age of 99, Lula became one of the oldest members of the Facebook community and, with the assistance of the Hubbard Hill staff, used it to keep up with her family and friends, all of whom will miss her.
At her request, there will be no funeral, but rather cremation followed by burial next to her husband. A memorial celebration of life will be later. Arrangements will be handled by Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hubbard Hill Retirement Community, 28070 CR 24 W, Elkhart.