Eldora Mae Sorber Whiton passed away on Nov. 2, 2019 at the age of 95 surrounded by her loving family.
Visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 9-10 a.m. with funeral services following at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church (1224 Lucinda Street, Perry, IA). Burial followed at Violet Cemetery. Memorials will be designated after the service and will include the First Christian Church, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.
Eldora was born Oct. 14, 1924 in Dallas, South Dakota to Charles Edwin Sorber and Cora Pervilla Alsever Sorber. She was the youngest of eleven children, namely: Marvel Hearth; Edwin Sorber; Orlin Sorber; Cora Lewis; Willard Sorber; Dorothy Bennett; Howard Sorber; Merlin Sorber; and twins, Delbert and Elbert Sorber. She cherished memories growing up with her siblings, nieces and nephews. After attending high school in Dallas, SD, in 1941 she moved to Iowa and graduated from Rippey High School.
She was married on March 31, 1946 to Lloyd Arthur Whiton, and they enjoyed fifty-one wonderful years together. They farmed for 48 years on a family centennial farm northwest of Perry where they raised two daughters, Vickie and Cheryl.
Eldora had a strong faith in God and was an active member of the First Christian Church family having taught Sunday school for ten years, serving as a Trustee, chairman of the Farm Committee and a member of Christian Woman’s Fellowship. In addition, she was a Boone County 4-H Leader for Union Livewires and a member of Cowbells.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed socializing with her many friends and spending time with her family. She will be remembered for her positive outlook, infectious laugh, supportive nature, and wise advice. Family will treasure memories of her special 95th birthday celebration just a few weeks ago. She was very grateful to receive well-wishes from so many family members and friends.
Eldora’s love will live on in her daughter Cheryl Goodall (Charlie) of Waukee, son-in-law Craig Ditsworth of Panora, grandchildren: Kari Ditsworth Hensen (Andy) of Ankeny, Jeff Ditsworth (Heather) of West Des Moines, Charles Goodall (Rachel) of DeSoto, Andy Goodall (Katie) of Clive, Jennifer Goodall Langeness (Cosby) of Waukee, and Michael Goodall of Waukee. She was blessed with eleven great-grandchildren: Kelsey and Drew Hensen, Juliet Warren, Maxwell Ditsworth, Laura, William and Claire Goodall, Charles (CJ) and Skye Goodall and Clayton and Caleb Langeness, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, her husband, Lloyd, and her daughter, Vickie.
Eldora was a strong, independent woman who was so proud that she lived independently with the assistance of her many neighbors and friends.