December 08, 2022

Mary Whitham


Mary Lea (Heston) Whitham was born August 2, 1942, in Lucas County, Iowa to Herman Lee and Phyllis Bernice (Mundell) Heston. She passed November 8, 2022, in Chariton, Iowa.

Mary grew up on a farm in rural Lucas County and attended country school through eighth grade. She then went to Chariton High School, graduating in 1960. In 1961 she married Wayne Allan Whitham. Together they had three children: Deborah Lynn, Daniel Wayne, and James William. When her children were young, she drove a school bus. She later drove a trolley and worked as a homecare aide. She always loved traveling, camping, and caring for stray animals.

Preceding Mary in death were her parents, Herman and Phyllis Heston and her former husband, Wayne Whitham. Survivors include her children Debbie (Jerry) Bremer, Daniel Whitham, and James (Renee) Whitham; grandchildren Stacy (Chris) Wistock, Leslie (Andrew) Bexten, Kelli (Ian) Loomis, Ransom and William “Billy” Whitham; as well as great grandchildren, step-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be open on Monday, November 14, 2022 from 10 am until 5 pm at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.

Funeral services will be Tuesday November 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM with family present to greet friends from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to the services, at Kale Funeral Home

A live stream of her services will begin at 2:00 on her Tribute Page at

Interment will follow in the Goshen Cemetery in Lucas County.

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