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Doris Arnett Whatcott

03/30/1924 - 03/04/2017
Service Date: 03/11/2017
Service Time: 5:00 PM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, Arizona

Doris Arnett Whatcott, 92 passed away peacefully on March 4, 2017 in Mesa Arizona.  She was born to Thomas William and Annie Gale Arnett in Franklin in Greenlee County, Arizona on March 30, 1924.  She had four brothers, Marvin, Charles, Howard, Fred and one sister, Dorthy.  She so loved her family!  Doris led a happy, active life filled with family, friends, music, sewing, genealogy and much church service. 

In 1949, she married Garth Nelson Whatcott. She was set up on a blind date with him by her best friend and former missionary companion (Georgia Finlinson), who was engaged to Garth’s brother (Carl Whatcott). They were blessed to raise six children, three boys and three girls.  Gaylen (Carol), Kim (Tina), Tim (Teresa-deceased, currently Kelly), Annette (Neal), Deena (Ray) and Rhea (Sam).

Doris loved missionary work.  She served in the then called, Western States Mission prior to her marriage, and then served three missions with Garth to the Roanoke Virginia Mission, Manila Philippines Mission and Cebu Philippines Mission.

Doris enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her extended family.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her loved ones.  Her Eternal Companion, Garth, preceded her in death in 2009.  We are so excited for her that they have been reunited for all Eternity.  Doris has a large and loving family with 38 grandchildren and 89 great-grandchildren and has left them all with a wonderful Legacy of Love. 


  • Wayne and Sue Arnett

    Aunt Doris will always remain among the finest persons I have ever come in contact with. I love her. She always made me feel like she loved me. We will miss her.

  • Dear Whatcott cousins, I am sad to hear of Aunt Doris’s passing but I’m thrilled she has been reunited with Uncle Garth and other loved ones. Pat and I are currently serving a mission in West Virginia and therefore cannot be with you at the funeral. Aunt Doris has always been a favorite and a wonderful example of love and support to our mom all their lives. Love to you all. Sally and Pat Traynor

  • Kent Brooksby

    I am very glad I knew Doris. She always had a smile for me. My thoughts are with her family at this time of loss.

  • Patricia Jackson

    So sorry Annette to hear of your lost. It sounds like she had a full and happy life. May she RIP. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Logan, so very deeply sorry for you and your family. You’re grandma sounds amazing and I’m sure will be greatly missed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Darleen Schelin

    Doris and I became good friends, as she was my sweet Visiting Teacher. She always had wonderful stories to share, she loved the Gospel and had a very cute sense of humor. I will miss her.

  • Darleen Schelin

    Blessings to all Doris’ wonderful family and her multitude of friends!

  • Julie and Joe Cesko

    All our love and prayers for you and your family.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, I hope that comfort can be found in all the loving memories that you and your family have shared with Doris. Good memories definitely cheers up the heart, comfort can also be found at 2Corinthians 1:3,4 which reminds us that Jehovah is a God of comfort and he wants to comfort us during sad times as these.

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