Fern Randall Whiting passed away peacefully at her home in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the age of 97.
Fern was born February 8, 1926 in Snowflake, Arizona to Alfred Harvey Randall and Lena Stratton Randall. Fern had a loving family of eleven siblings, eight of whom preceded her in death: Raymond (Fay), Maurine Despain (Mitt), Norman (Verna), Tempy, Ina MacDonald (Kyle), Lorana Whiting (Mickey), Beth Gardner (Leo), Nelda Brinkerhoff (Grant), and Ordene Guttery (Willard). She is survived by 2 of her siblings: Doyle Randall (Jackie), and Evelyn Solomon (Delwin).
Fern grew up in Northern Arizona, and graduated from Holbrook High School, where she participated in the Drum and Bugle Corps and enjoyed her business classes. Her Senior year of high school she got a job at First National Bank of Holbrook, where she worked for 9 years. Fern got her real estate license in 1971 and was a real estate and land developer until she was 85. Fern had 4 children, Brenda, Charles, Randy, and Jason. Fern married the love of her life, Earnest J Whiting in March of 1982, and they lovingly combined their families. They had 19 amazing years together before Jay’s passing in 2000.
Fern is survived by her daughter Brenda Kutch, son Jason Whiting (Nichole), grandchildren London, McAllister, and Daisy, and wonderful stepdaughters Glenna Tingey (Delbert), Myrna Borden (Dale), Deb Lewis (Bob), Terry Schnepf (Larry), and stepson Trey Whiting (Tammy). She is preceded in death by her stepdaughter Joyce Packard (Dan), as well as sons Charles and Randy.
Fern loved the beach, shopping, the ASU Sun Devils, and most importantly spending as much time as possible with all of her family. Indeed, her greatest happiness was found with Jay and their combined 10 children, 38 grandchildren,153 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren. She loved and personally knew each of them well, and her legacy of service, kindness, and love will live on in their lives.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 18th at 10AM, preceded by a family prayer at 9:45AM at the LDS Church, 613 N Stewart, Mesa, AZ. Arrangements by Bunker Family Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.