Debbie Whitaker

February 10, 1957 ‒ January 03, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Debbie Whitaker, age 62 of Marion, went to be with our Lord on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Debbie was born in Urbana on February 10, 1957, the daughter of Ted and Juanita (Davis) Coyle. She was united in marriage to Clarence D. Whitaker and the couple made their home in Marion.

Debbie was a grand lover of life and lived it to the fullest. She was fiercely loyal and devoted to her family. She was a loving wife, mother and an extremely proud grandma. She delighted in the holidays because it was a time when everyone was together and she was able to spoil her family with her incredible cooking. She had a giver’s heart and her generosity for others will not soon be forgotten. Debbie had a special way of enjoying the amazing beauty of God’s creation. Even when her illness was weighing on her, she never complained and she never lost her sense of humor. Her deep and abiding faith in God sustained her here on Earth and that same faith ushered her into the glory of Heaven.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Clarence D. Whitaker; her beloved children: Angie (Rick) Mosher, Holly (Dante) Washington, Lori (Pete Knippel) Birt, Joe Birt and Andy Whitaker; grandchildren: Brayden Hobart, Lexi Birt, Conner Knippel, Brock Mosher, Blake Mosher, Brooklyn Mosher, Evan Birt, Noah Birt, Bryce Mosher, Nahla Washington and Noemi Washington; her first great grandchild is expected on April 20 and will be named Grayson; also surviving are her siblings: Ina (the late Eddie) Gibson, Tom Coyle, Ben (Martha) Coyle, Molly (Rob) Wenger and Audrey Fraley.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 11AM to 1PM; Funeral service celebrating her life will follow at 1PM with Pastor Pam Lamb-Hart officiating; burial will follow in Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

Debbie’s family is so grateful for the exceptional care provided by Dr. Bob Singh, Ron Litman and their entire staff, Heartland Hospice and also the staff of DeWolfe Place.

Debbie loved children and to honor her memory, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Whitaker family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • You are at peace, my beautiful cousin. You will always be loved and missed. Till we meet again

    Your cousin

  • You fought the good fight and now are resting in Heavenly Father’s loving arms. We’ll miss you but will see you soon.

  • May god wrap his loving arms around this family and forever give them the strength to carry on in the loving memory of debbie as a wife ,mother and grandmother and may the family find peace in their hearts and rejoice knowing you will all meet once again. Praying for all.
    Brenda Weston Blue

  • Clarence and family
    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Debbie was a beautiful person. She will be in my heart forever.

    Carolyn Kile

  • So very sorry for the families loss. Debbie was a very caring and special person. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Teri ( Hamilton) Peterman. Matt Hamilton’s mom.

  • Sending hugs and prayers from Minnesota to Clarence and family. This was sad news to hear. As you know, Debbie had a special place in our hearts. We have fond memories of her humor & her kindness. My kids still talk about the time Debbie took them shopping for all the candy they wanted when they were only about 6 & 8 at the time. I couldn’t believe it when they walked in the door with full grocery bags!

    We will truly miss you Debbie. You will always hold a special place in our hearts.

    Martha & Ben.

  • May the God of all hope, comfort Debbie’s family and friends at this time of her passing on. May you recall many fond memories of special times together. Love and prayers to her family.

  • I truly enjoyed my visits with Debbie. What a wonderful woman. Going through what she was, and to keep her sense of humor…. Inspirational. Praying for you Clarence, and the whole family

  • Clarence and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Debbie. She was such a sweet and kind person. I have not seen you two for awhile but you have been in my prayers.