Mrs. Patricia Hable Whitaker, age 76, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2018. She was predeceased by her beloved Husband, Thomas F. Whitaker in April 2004.
Born in Harrisburg, PA on November 2, 1941, Patricia was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Chester University and her Master’s in Education from the University of Delaware. Patricia taught both 2nd grade general studies and special education during a 25 year tenure at the Jennie E. Smith Elementary School in Newark, DE. A gifted educator, she had a positive impact on the lives of many children through her passion and commitment to her profession. She carried her love of learning into her retirement years by attending classes on everything from art appreciation to world history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware. Patricia cherished annual vacations to Sea Isle City with her family, whom she adored, and spending time with her countless friends who were always charmed by her authenticity and love of life. She also enjoyed travel, attending Broadway shows and was an avid sports fan who recently delighted in her Philadelphia Eagles finally winning a Super Bowl. Her legacy and spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those she touched and she will be remembered by all who knew her with fondness and love.
She is survived by her son, Robert K. Hable and wife, Melissa of Wilmington, DE; daughter Sherry Limbers and husband, Jeff of Wilmington, DE; son Craig S. Hable and companion, Tina M. Martin of Newark, DE; and granddaughters Katherine Lynne and Julia Paige Hable.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 1st at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808 where friends may call after 12:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at the University of Delaware by visiting www.lifelonglearning.udel.edu or calling 302-831-2104.