Lilly George Starkey Whitis, age 89, a resident of The Villas in Warrenton, Virginia passed away on February 6, 2019. She was a retired civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force as a contract examiner. She was predeceased by her father, George Washington Starkey and her mother, Callie Estelle (Heflin) Starkey; sisters, Almeda Hough and Lucy Wingrove. She is survived by her husband, Luke R. Whitis of Warrenton, VA; two daughters, Janice May Collins (Bill) of Harpers Ferry, WV and Jeanette Marie Lion (Paul); four grandchildren, Wes Lion, James Godlove (Amanda), David Godlove (Stephanie) and Michelle Baker (Gary); four great-grandchildren, Nicolas, Jacob, Alex and Johnny Godlove.
A visitation will be on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2-3pm with a funeral service following at 3pm at Haymarket Baptist Church, Haymarket, VA. A reception will follow. A burial will be Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1:00pm at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA. Those who wish may make a donation to: American Cancer Society, cancer.org or Haymarket Baptist Church 14800 Washington St. Haymarket, VA 20169. Arrangements by Moser Funeral Home 233 Broadview Ave. Warrenton, VA 20186, 540-347-3431. Online condolences can be made at:moserfuneralhome.com
I have been with Lilly in a vigil lasting over five days. For the last 48 hours I could do nothing but watch and listen to her breathe. She had one foot in this life and one foot in the next Life. By the grace of God we spoke several times during this ordeal. She spoke clearly when she was able, spoke of seeing Lucy, her deceased older sister, spoke of seeing Jesus, told me many times she loved me even when all she could do was form words with her mouth. I'm comforted by the belief that she felt no pain at a time that some find excruciating and almost unbearable to watch. Thankfully I had numerous prayer warriors to help me understand the end of life process and personally guide me at every step of the way including the final arrangements for my wife of 19 years. I am certain that Lilly is with God in Heaven. We are saying goodbye this Sunday to a vessel that served her well for nearly 90 years.
Words of Luke Whitis
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