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Adah Claire (Evans) Whittaker
September 28, 1920 ~ December 5, 2016
May 4, 2017
Adah Claire (Evans) Whittaker, 96, who passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016. Her gentle spirit, loving guidance and sense of humor will be forever held in our hearts. With profound sadness, we say goodbye to our beloved Mom and Gram. The family invites you to join them for a celebration of Adah’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Naples Fire Hall.

Born on September 28, 1920, in Sugar City, Idaho, she often teased the name of her birthplace was the reason she was so sweet. Anyone who knew her would agree that her sense of humor and endless patience were also traits that contributed to her impact on those who were welcomed into her life.

After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1938, she attended college in Lewiston, Idaho, for a brief time before moving to Spokane to work for the Union Pacific Railroad.

It was in Spokane that she met her husband of 44 years, Charles (Chuck) Whittaker, whom she married in June of 1946. They lived in Spokane for many years, and with several of their close friends, founded the HASSIE Club, an organization for antique auto enthusiasts.

The family moved to Bonners Ferry in 1963. Shortly after arriving there, Adah completed her college degree at the University of Idaho and began her teaching career. She was adored by her students, and respected by her colleagues.

In 1986, she and Chuck moved to Post Falls, where she taught elementary school until she retired. As with her teaching position in Bonners Ferry, she continued to inspire her students, and earn the respect and admiration of her peers.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Chuck, and is survived by her three children: Bruce (Debby) Whittaker, Kim Kelley and Tim Whittaker; grandchildren Stephanie (John) Tucker, Jenny (Forest) Graham, Tracy (Josh) Truesdell, Ericka Truesdell, Jason (Nikki) Whittaker, Katie (Patrick) Syring and Jessica Whittaker; great-grandchildren Matt, Courtney and Chase Tucker; Aspen and Willow Graham; Josh Creager and Thalia Hume; Ayla and Austin (Jessica) Suiter; Olivia, Micah and Ethan Whittaker; Emma Syring.

Adah is remembered lovingly as a warm, compassionate, and generous woman, an amazing mother, and an insightful grandmother whose guidance was always given in the spirit of offering a different perspective.

We love you Mom, and will keep you in our hearts forever.

Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane, has been entrusted with arrangements.