Nancy G. Whinery

Nancy Grace Whinery, 81, of rural Huntington, IN, died Jan. 7 at 10:27 a.m. at Markle Health & Rehabilitation in Markle, IN.

Mrs. Whinery graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis in 1955 and from Purdue University in West Lafayette, in 1960; majoring in dietetics at the Purdue School of Home Economics. She worked at the Purdue University Child Development Center as a nutritionist while in college. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta fraternity at Purdue.

After college she was a farm and military wife, homemaker, and mother of four. She also worked at the Huntington County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service as a 4-H youth agent, then later at Huntington Orchards and as a nutrition counselor for the USDA’s Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC) in Northeast Indiana. She later worked as dietary supervisor at two area nursing homes.

For her entire married life she and her family operated Loon Creek Valley Farms Inc., where they raised Indiana Certified Seed, row crops, hay, livestock and had a U-pick asparagus patch.

In early life she was a member of the Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church and in her married life was a member of the Plum Tree  United Church of Christ in Plum Tree. She served in a number of capacities at Plum Tree U.C.C. and was moderator of the church until her death.
She was also a member of the Piecemakers Quilt Club in Huntington and served as president for a time. She was also a leader of a Huntington area TOPS club and early in her married life participated in area home economics club activities. She was a 4-Hers mentor to several children, and she also assisted with school tours of the Chief Lafontaine house and grounds.

Mrs. Whinery was born May 4, 1937, in Noblesville to Richard and Hazel Etta Webster Mills. She married Larry Alan Whinery on Dec. 28, 1958, at Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, and he survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Kimberley Anne (Allen) MacMillan, of Huntington County; Sarah Elizabeth (Kenneth) Whinery-Smith, of Greenfield; and Heather Rae (Mike Albamonte) Zaccagnini, of Harvard, IL; a son, Dorrel Alan (Jennifer) Whinery, of Kaneohe, HI; an adopted brother, Peter (Barbara) Illyes, of Morrison, CO; a half-brother, Jerry (Rui) Mills, of Sarasota, FL; a sister-in-law, Norma Haley, of San Antonio, TX; three granddaughters Rachel Kochensparger, Ashly Kochensparger and Alexandria Aschliman; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law John A. Zaccagnini, Jr.

Calling is Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at H. Brown & Son-Glancy Funeral Home, 203 N. Matilda St., Warren. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at 11 a.m.,at the funeral home, followed by burial at Star of Hope Cemetery in Huntington County.

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Memorials are to  McKenzie’s Hope Child Advocacy, Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation, Huntington County Humane Society, Helping Paws Pet Haven, Purdue University Research Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.