In Memory of Jamie Lee Whitaker

Jamie Lee Whitaker
Jamie Lee Whitaker
Born: July 15, 1964
Died: October 24, 2014
Age: 50
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Jamie Lee Whitaker
July 15, 1964 - October 24, 2014
From: Colo, IA

Jamie Whitaker, age 50, of Colo, Iowa, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, October 24, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, after complications of diabetes.

A Celebration of Jamie’s Life will be held at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada, Iowa, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 1-3 p.m.  Per her wishes, Jamie’s body was cremated. 

Born July 15, 1964, in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jamie Lee Whitaker was the oldest of two daughters born to Ronald and Vicky (Burris) Thorp.  She moved with her family to Ames and later to Gilbert, where she graduated from Gilbert High School in 1983.  Jamie furthered her education at DMACC.  She loved working with senior citizens as a CNA and Med Aide for several Story County nursing facilities. 

Jamie was associated with the United Methodist Church in Colo.  She was an avid reader and also enjoyed cross stitching and working various games and puzzles.  She will be remembered for her great laugh. 

On June 10, 1995, Jamie was united in marriage to Eldon Whitaker at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. 

Survivors include her husband, Eldon of Colo; her parents, Ronald and Vicky Thorp of Ames; a sister and her family, Jennifer and Rick Hindman and children Destiny, David, and Haydan of Johnston; numerous other extended family members; and her two beloved dogs, Simon and Farley.

Jamie was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Virginia and Merlyn Burris; her paternal grandparents, Francis and Esther Thorp; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Jamie and her family.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Jamie’s name.


Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM
“My prayers and sympathies go out to you and the family. I knew Jamie as a very fun person who had a great laugh. She "babysat" my daughter Liz Murdock while Liz was in elementary and middle school. I knew Liz was always in safe hands when Jamie was around. She will be missed.”
- jan murdock
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM
“Eldon, so so sorry about Jamie's passing. She was one in a million! Her smile would light up a room every time she came in. Her laugh, if you heard it once, when you heard it again you knew it was her! Her love for her husband, family, dogs and friends was obvious when you talked with her. We will miss her and she will not be forgotten. Her spirit and soul were strong, but her body was tired. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Norm and Ellen Woods and Family
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM
I was really shocked to hear that Jamie had passed away, I worked with her at long term care.
Prayers are with you & your Family. Sincerely Elizabeth R Smith”
- Elizabeth Smith
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM
“Ron, Vicky and family,
We are so sorry for your loss and will hold you in our prayers during this sad time. Know we are with you in thoughts and prayers.”
- Kevin & Barb Maher
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM
“These are such wonderful thoughts about Jamie. She sounds like a very kind, compassionate person who has touched many lives. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Doug and Kathy”
- Doug and Kathy Jensen
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM
“Eldon, we have enjoyed the Class's of 78 gatherings so much with you and have both brought a lot of fun and humor and more importantly, the love and care you had for your wife...nothing held you back...her health played such a big role in your lives for quite some time...but, here you would come pushing Jamie in her wheelchair... you both smiling and that glint in her eye that usually meant she had a joke or trick up her sleeve...the stories about your dogs were my favorite...we hope you will still come to the gatherings and we know Jamie will give us a sign that she is with us too.....143”
- Kay and Ven Fleshman
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM
“May you find comfort in knowing how many of us care. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you”
- Jodi Wilkening
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM
“I was shocked to hear of Jamie's passing. I worked with Jamie at Story County Medical Center - Senior Care (or Long Term Care at the time) My condolences to Eldon and the rest of the family. Jamie surely will be missed!”
- Stacey (Poush) Nelson
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM
“My sympathy to all of Jamie's family. She was a very special lady to my family. She took care of my Mom when she was in Colonial Manor in Zearing and would check on my Dad at his home on her way home after her shift. We always enjoyed seeing and visiting with her. She will be missed by many.
May you have many cherished memories to enjoy.
Shirley Schuler and Marlin Klonglan
- Shirley Schuler Klonglan
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:48 AM
“So very very sorry that Jamie has passed.
Ron,Vicky,Jennifer and all who will miss her and all who loved her ,my sincere condolences to all of you .
Jamie was a bright light in my life back in the 1980's as back yard neighbors we spent hour together ,talking ,laughing and enjoying each other's company . As a young mother she was great company for me . I have missed her and will never forget her . GOD bless you all as you miss her too.”
- Jean Bremer
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:47 AM
“Joanne and I were shocked to hear of Jamie's passing. We have not been with the family ,very often, in the past several years. We knew of her health problems but not the seriousness in recent months. We send our sincere condolences to Eldon, Ron and Vicky and extended family.
You are in our prayers and daily concerns at this time. The King Family”
- William & Joanne King
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM
“To my dearest cousin,

We did not get to spend much time here on earth. You had the most beautiful smile and your eyes would always light up. You looked so much like our grandmother. I mostly remember you for your nickname of my brother Phil. You always called him Flop. Well now you and Flop have your wings together and are flying high with the angels smiling. You will be missed so much here. You are in a most wonderful place. It was an honor to be your cousin. Fly high my dearest cousin. Val”
- Valery-Shaffer Guptill
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM
“my deepest sympathy to Jamie's family!!! She was an amazing friend since the 5th grade, the year we both started at Gilbert, unfortunately we grew apart after school, but was always nice to see her smile when we would see each other. Will be keeping her family in my prayers.....”
- Lana Smuck LeMieux
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM
“My deepest sympathy to Jamie's family! She was a very kind and funny person, I grew up in Gilbert and graduated with her younger sister Jennifer. I always thought very fondly of Jamie.”
- Katy Skjordal
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our prayers!!”
- Susan Smith and Family
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM
“I was so sad to hear that Jamie had passed away. She was such a fighter and had endured so much the past few years. We will miss seeing Jamie at our class dinners and functions. She was an honorary member of the Class of '78 in Nevada. She always had a smile and the best laugh. My condolences to Eldon and the family. I hope you can find peace and comfort through family and friends. Love, Kyla”
- Kyla Davis
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM
“Jennifer and family, I will be praying for all of you as you go through this difficult time. ”
- Lisa Oja
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Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 1, 2014
1-3 p.m.
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa