Betty Gene Brazill Whitney

Betty Gene Brazill Whitney of Glendale, died Nov. 21, 2017 at the age of 89.

Mrs. Whitney was born to parents John S. and Edna L. Brazill Feb. 16, 1928 in Phoenix, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. At two weeks of age, she moved to Glendale, which became her lifelong residence.

She was married to Charles Whitney Sept. 16, 1947. They joined Brazill Mortuary in Glendale, founded in 1926 by her father, after Charles’ discharge from the Army Air Corp. Mrs. Whitney assisted her husband until 1971, when she left to work in her chosen profession. She completed her education and worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals in the Valley until she retired in February 1993.

During her life, she enjoyed her family, friends, traveling, bridge and knitting. She was also involved in a number of organizations, including member of Glendale Woman’s Club, past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #20 of Glendale, member of PEO Chapter C of Glendale, member of Daughters of the Nile of Phoenix, and member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Although a widow and only child, Mrs. Whitney is survived by a large and loving family, including daughter Michelle Neelley (Allen); sons, Charles R. Whitney (Judy), John V. “Jocko” Whitney, and Brett Whitney (Cindy); granddaughters, Tamara Whitney-Dungan, Lori Oberbroeckling, Erin Elbert and Ashley Laing; grandsons, Richard Whitney, Ryan Whitney, and Hunter Whitney; and 22 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial will be held with the family. Condolences and words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.menkefuneralhome.com.