Betty ‘Jean’ Whisler

Betty “Jean” Whisler, 68, of Harrisonburg, passed away in her home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.

She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Steve Elyard; a niece, Shannon Updike; two great-nephews, Gage Rippel and Joshua Updike and a great-niece, Kallie McDonald.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Virginia Baker Whisler, and a nephew, Wayne Rippel.

Jean was born May 16, 1951, in Winchester. She graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1969. In 1967, at the age of 16, she started working at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in the Microbiology Lab, where she worked until her retirement in 2016.

Jean had a passion and a talent for photography, which once earned her a first-place prize in a photography contest. Jean loved to travel, especially to the beach, and especially with friends. Her favorite time of the day was the morning, which she would enjoy each day on her back deck, drinking coffee and watching the birds. Jean’s heart, smile and famous broccoli cheese dip will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pastor James Kite will officiate a memorial service 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Interment will be private at Lacey Spring Cemetery.

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