Patricia Whittaker completed her earthly journey and returned to the Father on Thursday, July 13 at the age
of 92 at Village Shalom in Overland Park. Born Patricia Ann Collins, she was the second of four children
of John and Marie Collins. A nearly lifelong resident of Kansas City, she attended St.Peter’s grade school,
Hogan High School, and St. Teresa’s College.
It was on a blind date in high school that Pat met her future husband, Keith Whittaker. Together, they
went on to build a beautiful life, raising seven children – Thomas, Ann, Laura, John, Martin, Brian
(passed away in 2003), and Mary. As much as they loved their children, their greatest joy came from
their 23 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. They were blessed to share 57 years together
before Keith passed away in 2011.
Those who knew her would agree that Pat was strong-willed. Call it the Irish in her, but she knew her
mind and pursued her goals and tasks with dogged determination. That sense of purpose served her
well in raising her family, putting meals on the table for any and all who appeared at her door (and there
were many), planning family vacations for nine, and supporting various school and church events.
While we are adrift without her firm hand at the helm, Mom will stay with us forever as that voice in our
heads. She was our teacher, our advisor, our spiritual guide, our North Star. A deeply spiritual woman
who was devoted to the Blessed Mother, she passed that gift of faith to her children and we are grateful
for her guidance and tutelage. She taught us in her later years and in her death to accept God’s plan
with grace and peace.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., on Tuesday,
July 18 at 11:00 a.m. Family will greet friends before mass beginning at 10:00 and a luncheon will be
served following the mass at the Magus Athletic Center on the Rockhurst University campus, 5311 Tracy,
followed by burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Raytown, Missouri.