Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

July 29, 2013

Mary F. ‘Todd’ Whitfield


Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana —

Mrs. Mary F. “Todd” Whitfield, 82, of Corsicana went to her heavenly home on Sunday, July 28, 2013 after a short illness. Spending her last months at the Trisun Care Center, she kept her smile and never complained. Everyone around her loved her sense of humor and gentle nature. She was born on March 26, 1931 in Corsicana. Throughout her life she was a shining light to people in need and her sweet and humorous spirit were bright spots in the lives of the Hand and Hand Hospice staff and all the wonderful sitters that took care of her on a daily basis.

She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1949. On May 4, 1951, Ray Whitfield became her husband and their teenage love story continued for 61 years until his death in June of 2012. They were devoted to each other and to their church. Anytime they could help others, they did. Although she and Ray had no children of their own, they cherished their nieces and nephews. Every time they visited, they always wanted to know about what was going on in their lives. Her love of animals was evident in the care she gave to her beloved pets especially Little Duke and Mr. Penny the cat.

She worked at Sears for many years and retired from the store in Dallas before moving back to Corsicana 12 years ago. She served at Northside Baptist Church in every job she could. Her special love was for the Care Center and she devoted a lot of her time to this ministry and served as a helper until her illness prevented her from doing what she loved most.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Whitfield; parents, Rube and Grace Odom; brother, Leonard R. Odom, and her sister and brother-in-law, Inez and Bill Gorden.

She is survived by her brother, Ronnie Odom and wife Marsha; sister-in-law, Peggy Odom, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. and Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy D. Gorden, Rodney Gorden, Len Odom, Terry Gorden, Don Barron, and Ed Formby. Honorary Pallbearer is Patrick Gorden.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, the support for the Care Center at the Northside Baptist Church at 2800 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110 would be greatly appreciated.

An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Mary F. “Todd” Whitfield obituary.