Eleanor Grant

April 28, 1926 ~ August 29, 2022

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Eleanor Grant Whitaker, 96, of Owensboro, Kentucky passed away August 29, 2022. She was born April 28, 1926, in Owensboro to the late Ivo and Sallie Manning Grant. Eleanor worked payroll at G.E., the cafeteria at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and retired from Harold’s Economy Cleaners. She attended Immaculate Catholic Church and was a 1944 graduate of St. Francis Academy.

Eleanor was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great-grandmother. She was a devout catholic who had unending faith in God. She is the second to youngest and last surviving sibling out of sixteen. Eleanor very much enjoyed playing cards. She served many hours volunteering at the Daniel Pitino Shelter; along with serving on many ministries at her church.

Along with her parents and fifteen siblings, Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Milton “Whit” Whitaker; daughter, Sarah Manning Whitaker; and grandson, Seth Whitaker.

She is survived by her children, Rob (Trish) Whitaker, Jr. of Owensboro, Charles Albert (Dee) Whitaker of The Woodlands, Texas, Sally (Otis) Cotton of Philpot, Kentucky, and Joseph Grant Whitaker of Independence, Kentucky; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and four great great-grandchildren.

Services will be 9:30 am on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Immaculate Catholic Church, with Father Tony Jones celebrating. Burial to follow at Mater Dolorosa Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2022, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory and again on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of charitable donations made payable to the Catholic Charities of Owensboro, 600 Locust Street Owensboro, KY 42301, and/or to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathens Crossing Owensboro, KY 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Whitaker. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Eleanor Grant Whitaker and sign her virtual guestbook at www.haleymcginnis.com.


Visitation: September 23, 2022 3:00 pm - September 23, 2022 8:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Visitation: September 24, 2022 8:00 am - September 24, 2022 9:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Service: September 24, 2022 9:30 am - September 24, 2022 10:30 am

Immaculate Catholic Church
2516 Christie Place
Owensboro, KY 42301


Burial Service: September 24, 2022 11:00 am

Mater Dolorosa
Owensboro, KY, 42301

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  1. I love you and I’ll miss you Great Gran. You were an amazing woman and won’t be forgotten. May you rest peacefully now.

  2. Sending hugs and prayers to the Whitaker family. All of you and your parents are deeply ingrained in every memory I have of growing up on Westview Dr.

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