2, 1920 - May 6, 2008
Verla Cullum, 88, of Whitewater, died Tuesday,
May 6, 2008, at Fairhaven Retirement
Community. She was born Feb. 2, 1920, in
Rosiclare, IL, the daughter of Luther and Myra
(Roberts) Hicks. Verla married Julius Orval
Cullum Jr. on Dec. 20, 1939. She worked at
Rockford Products for 28 years as an
inspector. Following her retirement in 1982
she moved to the Whitewater area. Verla loved
being a mother and grandmother. She had an
interest in gardening, songbirds, and also a
special cat named Callie.
Verla is survived by two children, W. Wayne
(Kathy) Cullum and Lois (Ben Jr.) Vitale; five
grandchildren; several great-grandchildren;
and two sisters, Jewell (Ray) Baker and Mary
(Richard) McLellan. She was preceded in death
by five brothers: Edgar, John, Arlie Vern,
Lincoln, and Calvin Jr.; and six sisters:
Edna, Pauline, Willena, Shirley, Creta, and
Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on
Friday, May 9, 2008, at the NITARDY FUNERAL
HOME in Whitewater, with Rev. Kendell
Nordstrom officiating. Burial will take place
at Richmond Cemetery. Friends may call on
Friday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m.
until the time of service.
The family extends a special thank you to Dr.
Jason Welch and Dr. Janet Fechter, as well as
all her caregivers at Fairhaven.
Hardin County Independent