Eldora Mae Sorber Whiton passed away Nov. 2, 2019, at the age of 95, surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 9-10 a.m., with funeral services following at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church at 1224 Lucinda St. in Perry. Burial will follow at the Violet Hill Cemetery.
Memorials will be designated after the service and will include the First Christian Church, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.
Eldora was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Dallas, S.D., to Charles Edwin Sorber and Cora Pervilla Alsever Sorber.
She was the youngest of 11 children and cherished memories growing up with her siblings, nieces and nephews.
In 1941, she moved to Iowa and graduated from Rippey High School.
Eldora was married March 31, 1946, to Lloyd Arthur Whiton, and they enjoyed 51 wonderful years together. They farmed for 48 years on a family Centennial Farm northwest of Perry, where they raised two daughters, Vickie and Cheryl.
Eldora had a strong faith in God and was an active member of the First Christian Church family, having taught Sunday school for 10 years, serving as a trustee, chairman of the Farm Committee and a member of Christian Woman’s Fellowship.
In addition, she was a Boone County 4-H Leader for the Union Livewires and a member of the Cowbells.
Eldora was an avid reader, enjoyed socializing with her many friends and spending time with her family.
She will be remembered for her positive outlook, infectious laugh, supportive nature and wise advice.
Family will treasure memories of her special 95th birthday celebration just a few weeks ago. She was very grateful to receive well wishes from so many family members and friends.
Eldora’s love will live on in her daughter, Cheryl (Charlie) Goodall of Waukee; son-in-law, Craig Ditsworth of Panora; grandchildren, Kari (Andy) Ditsworth Hensen of Ankeny, Jeff (Heather) Ditsworth of West Des Moines, Charles (Rachel) Goodall of DeSoto, Andy (Katie) Goodall of Clive, Jennifer (Cosby) Goodall Langeness of Waukee and Michael Goodall of Waukee. She was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Drew Hensen, Juliet Warren, Maxwell Ditsworth, Laura, William and Claire Goodall, Charles (C. J.) and Skye Goodall and Clayton and Caleb Langeness; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husband, Lloyd; and her daughter, Vickie.
Eldora was a strong, independent woman who was so proud that she lived independently, with the assistance of her many neighbors and friends.