Sandra Earlene Whipple

January 06, 1936 ‒ June 09, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Sandra Earlene Whipple, 81, of Delaware, passed away early Friday morning June 9, 2017 at Willowbrook Christian Village in Delaware.

She was born January 6, 1936 in Delaware to the late Earl and Edith (Smith) Jenkins and later graduated from Elm Valley High School.

Earlene worked many years for GTE in Delaware and was a former member of the Delaware Moose Lodge. She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and pinochle, with her friends at Willowbrook at Delaware Run and she loved reading, canning, cooking, and planting flowers. An awesome, caring and generous mother and grandmother, Earlene was also an avid OSU Buckeye fan, especially girls basketball.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Deedra “Dee” (Don) Rister of Radnor and Kevin (Misty) Whipple of Ashley; grandsons, Matthew (fiance’ Jessica) Rister and Lucas (companion Ashley) Rister; great grandson, Quinton Rister; 3 step-grandchildren, Shad, Jodi and Kacey and 8 step-greatgrandchildren; sister-in-law, Doris Whipple of Ashley; several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, Earlene was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years Jerry, her son Stephen Allen Whipple, her sister Jacqueline Bowman and her beloved canine companion Abner.

Private family graveside services will be held at Ashley Union Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Acker officiating.

Contributions in Earlene’s memory may be made to Willowbrook at Delaware Run or Capitol City Hospice.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Whipple family.

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  • Kevin, DeeDee and family

    My deepest condolences and sympathies. Your mom was such a sweet lady. Always pleasant and patient in spite of the antics of neighbor kids always engaging in antics with her kids. I can only remember smiles and kind words from her- she always made me feel welcome.

    I hope you find comfort in memories of the love she had for you, and seek strength from the Lord. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

  • Kevin & Dee Dee so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was such a nice lady. May you always remember the memories she created. Prayers and may she RIP.

  • Kevin, Dee Dee and family,
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother.
    She was always so kind to me when I stopped by to see Steve.
    I could see that she loved and cherished her children.
    Hopefully she is laughing at his silly jokes today.
    Sincerely, Randy Beach

  • To Deedra , Kevin,and families, I want to send my sincere thoughts and prayers to all. Your Mom was a wonderful lady,cherish all the good times with her.
    Donna Mitchell

  • Deedee and Kevin,
    So sorry for your loss. You are all in are prayers and thoughts. Sincerely Janice and Keith Hughes

  • Deedee and Kevin,
    So sorry for your loss. you are in are thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely Keith and Janice Hughes

  • Kevin and Dee Dee
    My most heartfelt condolences to you both. So many memories to cherish with the Whipple family and homestead acres. All the fishing trips to the pond and all the swimming at the pond. Great memories of Susan and I going to your house after school and reading your pantry of all the things are mother wouldn’t buy and playing board games until dinner time. God love your mom and dad.