Memorial service for Ilene Whitney will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Meridian Mortuary (formerly Worden Funeral Directors) with Pastor Sharee Johnson officiating; inurnment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Newcastle, WY. Ilene F. Whitney age 90, of Newcastle, WY passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette, WY of natural causes. Ilene F. Whitney was born on November 15, 1928 in Newcastle, WY to Ava Pearl (Furman) and James Leslie Finn. She grew up in Newcastle, WY and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1947. Ilene married Orville Whitney on December 22, 1952, the couple raised four sons. Ilene drove school bus for six years, helped with the ranch work but most importantly she kept the household going. Ilene was an active member of Gateway Rebekah Lodge #37 and a member of Newcastle Oddfellow Lodge #20. She loved to do needlepoint; making numerous needlepoint projects for family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with friends and playing cards. She loved her grandchildren and her family. She also loved going to dances with her brother, Ike and listening to her dad; brother, Virgil; and sister, Ethel play the fiddle. Ilene is survived by her sons, Leslie (DeAnn); LeRoy (Bonnie); and Clinton (Patty) all of Newcastle, WY; daughter-in-law, Deb Whitney of Newcastle, WY; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Joy Dixon and Dorothy Walker Brown; along with many other friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Orville; son, David; parents, brothers, Virgil and Ike; and sister, Ethel. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Ilene’s name in care of Meridian Mortuary 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at www.meridianmortuary.com
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