Mary Whitman, age 75, of Olivia, MN passed away at the Olivia Hospital on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia with Rev. Krey Leesman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Faith United Methodist Church of Olivia. Arrangements are by Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Mary Jane Whitman was born on August 1, 1948 to Edwin and Mary Loise (Mayberry) Isakson in Willmar, MN. She graduated from high school and furthered her education at St. Cloud State University where she studied to become an LPN and then Ridgewater Community College in Willmar to get her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Mary worked as a registered nurse in Olivia and Redwood Falls. She also worked as a general nurse for homecare and hospice; retiring in 2013. Mary was united in marriage to Delbert Whitman on August 24, 1968 in St. Cloud, MN. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Delbert Jr. and Matthew. They cherished their family camping trips to Northern Minnesota and parts of North and South Dakota. Mary and Delbert were dedicated members of Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia; serving on many boards, attending bible study, and having extensive knowledge and love for their church and the Lord. She volunteered with the Renville County Food Shelf and Boy Scouts of America obtaining a Wood Badge for her leadership. Her favorite title of ‘grandma’ came when her beloved granddaughter, Geneva, was born. They made many memories cooking, sewing, and attending the Cherry Festival in Michigan together. Mary enjoyed sewing and quilting, creating many beautiful patterns over the years. She and Delbert had a huge garden at their home every year filled with vegetables and flowers. Mary will be remembered for her kind heart and welcoming nature.
Mary is survived by her husband, Delbert; her sons, Delbert Jr. (and Christine) Whitman of Lake Ann, MI and Matthew Whitman of Crystal, MN; her granddaughter, Geneva Whitman; her siblings: Ann (and George) Wollenderg of Elk River, MN, Sarah (and Bud) Kadding of Bemidji, MN, Micheal (and Ginney) Isakson of Atlanta, GA, and Edwin (and Sue) Isakson of Coldspring, MN. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Mary Loise Isakson.
Blessed Be Her Memory