Vada M. Whitaker, age 87, of Warsaw, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021,  at 3:15 a.m. in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Vada was born Aug. 7, 1933, in Floyd County, Ky., to Joe and Maudie Miller McKenzie.  She was united in marriage to Wayne Whitaker on March 6, 1961, in Michigan. He passed away on April 24, 2011.

She was a longtime Kosciusko resident. Vada was formerly employed by Gatke of Warsaw and Controls of North Manchester. Along with her husband, she founded Living Hope Ministries of Warsaw. She was a giving person and enjoyed serving in the church. In addition, she enjoyed gardening, her flowers and trees and going south on vacations.

Vada is survived by two daughters: Michele (Scott) Wickens; and Jennifer Craft; three grandchildren: Haley (Micheal) Donahue, Jonathan Craft and Tessa Lozano; great-grandchildren: Jhett, Raina, Lexi and Elgin; siblings: Ethel (Larry) Stone, Erma Brandon, Edith (Terry) West, Jack McKenzie, E.J. (Dee) McKenzie and Larry (Sandie) McKenzie.  

She was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Wayne Whitaker; two sisters and two brothers.

A visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at Living Hope Ministries, Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the church with Pastors Hedgel Perry and Wedstel Shepherd officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.  

McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, is entrusted with arrangements for the family.

The family is requesting that due to current COVID-19 recommendations, masks are required. The public is kindly requested to provide their own. Social distancing is strongly encouraged.


Memorial donations may be made to Living Hope Ministries, 595 E. CR 350N, Warsaw, IN 46582.