Arleen Whittaker will celebrate her 80th birthday with an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24, at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 21st and Jackson in Great Bend. Hosts for the event will be her daughters and their families, Mike and Sheryl Butler, Kelsey and Ashley of Hays and Doug and Michelle Benoit, McKenzie, Sydney, Thayne and Colby of Esbon. A resident of Great Bend since 1956, Arleen was married to the late Robert (Bob) Whittaker for 56 years. Her parents were the late Fay and Gussie Smith.
Arleen taught 36 years at Country School District 71 in Hoisington and Great Bend. She was involved in music for 64 years as a private piano, organ and voice instructor, as a choir director, organist and soloist. She also has had articles and stories published, including the Great Bend Greats which were previously published in the Great Bend Tribune.
No gifts are requested.