Beatrice Anne Whitehead, age 75, of McHenry, died Monday, February 17, 2014, at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. She was born May 29, 1938 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Ralph E. and Helen E. (Shiels) Flaugh. She met her future husband, Paul L. Whitehead Jr., while she was serving in the Women’s Army Corps and he was serving in the U.S. Army. They married on June 19, 1959 in Aiken, GA.
An active military wife, she and her husband lived in many areas of the U.S. and Europe during his career. In 1984, they moved to McHenry from Waukegan.
She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the Military Order of the Cootie (M.O.C.A.), and having served as President of both organizations. For over 30 years, she dedicated herself to fulfilling the mission of the MOCA through regular visits to hospitalized troops and veterans during their confinement at VA facilities. Visits were intended to bring a smile or a laugh to the veterans visited.
Devoted to her faith, she was a member of the Wonder Lake Bible Church, where she also participated in Bible Study.
Other interests included cooking and baking, shopping, bowling, and playing board games. She loved to visit with people and enjoyed social activities.
Survivors include two children, Robert (Jill) Whitehead of McHenry and Paul (Sherma) Whitehead of Macclesfield, NC; nine grandchildren, Travis (Meggan) Whitehead, Ryan Whitehead, Donna (Jim) Barrett, Paul (Kelly) Whitehead, Megan Whitehead, Neil Whitehead, Jeff Whitehead, and Nathanial Whitehead; and six great-grandchildren, Caroline, John, Makayla, Haley, Maddelyn, Jakob, and another on the way; and a brother, Emmons R. (Kathy) Flaugh of Augusta, GA.
She was preceded in death by her parnets; and her husband, Paul, on March 29, 1999.
Friends may meet her family from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014, at Wonder Lake Bible Church, 7501 Howe Road, Wonder Lake. The memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Daniel Cox officiating.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, her family requests memorials be made to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60607.
Inurnment is planned in the spring at Ft. Sheridan Cemetery.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com.