Lela Mae Whyte
January 26, 1925 ~ August 14, 2013
Lela Mae Whyte, 88, of Eagle, ID, formerly of Wenatchee, WA, died Thursday, August 14, 2013, at home. Lela was born in Douglas County, Missouri on January 26, 1925, a daughter of Ulysses and Mamie (Carter) Phelps. She married Lowell Quick in July of 1941, and they had one child, Shirley. They made their home in Missouri, where Lowell was drafted into the military. He died in the service of his country in 1944, in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. Lela and Shirley thereafter moved to Tulare County, California, where she met her second husband, Dewey Duke. She and Dewey had three boys: Gary, Leon and Billy Duke. They raised their family there until their union ended in divorce. She later met and married Edward Peter Whyte and they made their home in Wenatchee for 22 years. In Wenatchee, she was surrounded by family and friends: her son, Gary and wife, Shirley, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After Edward’s death in 1987, she moved to Murrieta, CA to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Don Bradford. Lela enjoyed reading and loved to gamble. She and Shirley took many road trips together.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley and husband, Donald of Eagle, ID; her son, Gary and wife, Shirley of Wenatchee; her son, Billy of Surprise, AZ; a sister, Ann and husband, Gary Mink of Graff, MO; and numerous grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her son, Leon; three brothers; and two sisters.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2013, at Wenatchee City Cemetery. Local arrangements assisted by Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.