Marguerite Whitaker

Marguerite Whitaker

Marguerite Everline Whitaker was born on July 26, 1931 in Swedesboro, New Jersey. She was born into
a challenging world at the beginning of the Great Depression. After the loss of her father left her mother
widowed, young Marguerite would ultimately leave high school, sacrificing an education to work and help
support her family. Marguerite‘s strength and independent nature were forged during these formative teen
years. She met her husband, Bill Whitaker, while teaching him how to dance. They were dance partners
for almost 68 years. They were married on March 17, 1956 and left their home in Swedesboro for Fort
Bragg, N.C. Bill served his time in the United States Army before they returned to South Jersey. They built
a home on Sherwin Road in Harrison Township. It is there they she raised her two boys. Marguerite had
many jobs but is best remembered for her years at the newly constructed Clearview Junior High School.
She worked in the lunch room, running the cash register, keeping a sharp eye on her boys, and forming
lifelong friendships. She will always be remembered by those friends as Maggie. Marguerite found great
joy in her work but also enjoyed days on the Jersey Shore. She could always be found in the stands at
her boys sporting events or enjoying life with her friends and neighbors of Richwood. The dance partners
made a comfortable life and were able to put their boys through college, travel, retire, and enjoy
grandchildren. Retirement also took them away from Sherwin Road to North Carolina, the Shenandoah
Valley of Virginia, and lastly in Seaford, Delaware. Marguerite drifted peacefully into the arms of her Lord
in the early hours of January 23. She was 92 years old. Marguerite is survived by her husband, William,
Sons, William Whitaker Jr (Kathy) of Delaware, Thomas Whitaker (Drury) of Virginia and Grandchildren,
Mary Kay Baldwin, William Whitaker III, Emily Willey, Colin Whitaker, and Mason Whitaker. Marguerite
also had the joy of 9 great grandchildren. There will be a celebration of Marguerites incredible life on
January 29, 2024 at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church 315 High Street Seaford, Delaware. A time for visiting
from 10:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. Followed by a memorial service at 11:00a.m. Internment and graveside
service to follow at Lake Park Cemetery, 701 Park Ave, Swedesboro, Woolwich Township, New Jersey, 3:00 p.m.


  1. Carrie Eisenberg says:

    I knew Marguerite for 40 years and was fortunate to celebrate many holidays and happy family occasions with her over the years. We were not related, but connected by family and she was always a bright spot at these gatherings. I knew her to be an excellent crochet artist, loving grandmother and steadfast mother and wife. We will
    miss her sharp wit, savvy outlook and resilient nature. Rest in peace dear one.

  2. Elizabeth Lewis Woodhead says:

    Sending sincere condolences to Tom and his family.
    Marguerite was an amazing woman with an incredible life story, I would have truly loved to have met her.
    May the memories bring you comfort during this time of grief.

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