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Ruth Whitmer

March 13, 1942 — October 30, 2021

Ruth "Jessie"-Belle Whitmer of Safford entered into eternal rest in the late-night hours of October 30, 2021. Jessie was born on March 13, 1942, in Flagstaff, Arizona to Walter Angus Shivers & Ruth Blevins Shivers and later joined by her half siblings Melody, Mike, Marvel, Nate, Nichole, and Natalie. Jessie attended schools in Coolidge graduating in 1960. On August 9, 1961, Jessie married her eternal companion, William Verl Whitmer, in the Mesa Arizona Temple and the couple was blessed with six children; Afton Duane, Pamela Ruth, Cynthia Lynn, Lenora Ann, Sharon Renee, and Mary Vanessa. Jessie treasured spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her family was her greatest accomplishment, and it shows in each of their faces. She is survived by her children Afton "Duane" Whitmer, Pam (Jimmy) Frost, Cindy (Marc) Layton, Lenora (Lee) Gordon, Sharon (Michael) Ashford, and Mary (Austin) Richardson, 26 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. Jessie was preceded in death by her beloved husband William Verl Whitmer, her parents Walter Angus Shivers, Jr, Ruth Mary Blevins, step-father Duane "Diz" Chelsey, and her grandson Afton Joshua Whitmer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Wild Horse Haven Rescue in Safford at www.wildhorsehaven.com. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening, November 9, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel and again on Wednesday morning, November 10th at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mt. Graham Chapel located on Highway 191 in Safford. Interment will be in the Safford Cemetery following services. Arrangements are being cared for by McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel located at 112 E. Main Street, Safford, Arizona 85546, 928-428-1740, www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.
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