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Marguerite Fae Whitaker

Feb. 13, 1943 - May 12, 2020

Date of Service: May 21, 2020

Marguerite Fae Benson Whitaker of St. George, Utah, passed away on May 12, 2020.

She was born on February 13, 1943, in Takoma Park, Maryland, the fifth of six children born to Elizabeth Ruth Horton Benson and Serge Nelson Benson. Marge and her siblings have fond memories of their childhood and growing up in our Nation’s capital where her father was employed. She performed with a local quartet at many community functions and Church dances. She attended Montgomery Blair High in Silver Spring, Maryland.

After her graduation from high school, she went west to attend college at Utah State University. There she met Morris D. Whitaker in the Spring of 1963. They were married in the Logan Utah Temple on September 3, 1963. They made their home in Logan, Utah, where she attended Utah State University along with her husband.

Marge led an exciting and challenging life. While their home base was Logan, Utah, from 1970 to 2011, she lived in four different Latin American countries during that time: Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Mexico for a total of 13 years along with another four years in Washington, D.C. She had eight children that she had to move to new homes in foreign lands and the Nation’s capital. One of her girls was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and another in La Paz, Bolivia, while a son was born in Alexandria, Virginia.

Marge was very accomplished. She was fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She completed her B.S. Degree in English Literature at USU in 2009 and was the oldest graduate that year. While in Bolivia, she took painting lessons and sold many of her paintings at an exhibit at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz. She did handiwork and quilting and gave hand-stitched quilts to all her children and some grandchildren. An accomplished cook, she was famous for her apple pie, clam chowder and braided bread. She crocheted numerous afghan and baby blankets, which she gave to children and grandchildren. Finally, she tried her hand at poetry and included many of her poems in her life history, which she completed in 2015.

Marge was very compassionate and kind by nature and quick to help those in need.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, she served faithfully in various Church callings, including mission Primary leader in Bolivia and Stake Young Women president in Ecuador. In 2001, she was called as a full-time missionary and went to Mexico City to serve as companion to her husband who was president of the Mexico City East Mission. They returned to Logan in 2004, then moved to St. George in 2011.

Marge is survived by her eight children, Jacqueline Whitaker of Brigham City, Utah, Cynthia Perkins (Randy) of Slidell, Louisiana, Angela Hoffmann (Brett) of Logan, Utah, Carolyn Anderson (Troy) of West Jordan, Utah, Melinda Whitaker of Rexburg, Idaho, James Whitaker of Fairfax, Virginia, William Whitaker (Karen Ellison) of Holladay, Utah, and Christina Robinson (Andrew) of Williamson, New York. She is also survived by her siblings, Ruth Lehenbauer (Tom--deceased) of Logan, Utah, Serge Benson (Peggy) of St, George, Utah, and Jan Benson (Sherree) of Logan, Utah; 31 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Serge and Elizabeth Benson; and two sisters, Sergene Bennion and Donna Edlefsen.

The funeral will be held at 12 noon Thursday, May 21, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where friends may call from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m. Attendance will be in full compliance with the State of Idaho regulations for social distancing to help control the spread of the Coronavirus. Attendance is restricted to 50 people and is by invitation only because of Coronavirus. We hope you will understand.

A live webcast of the funeral service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/OMUsMsxISx8. The webcast can be viewed at any time after the funeral by going to the Rasmussen Funeral Home website (https://www.rasmussenfuneralhome.com/).

Interment will follow at 2:00 pm in the Sunny Cedar Rest Cemetery in Almo, Idaho, alongside her husband’s parents. Condolences can be sent to the Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home website (rasmussenfuneralhome.com) and donations made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Charities in lieu of flowers.

Condolences for Marguerite Fae Whitaker

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From Betty:
Aunt Marge always had her arms and heart wide open, and I have such warm memories of spending time with her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always made sure you felt loved and at home when visiting. What a talent Marge had in writing and I felt so comforted by the poem she wrote for my sister and me after our mother, her sister Donna, passed.
She will be missed but left so much good to remember her by.
My thoughts are with the Whitaker family.
From Judy (Larsen) Sweeten:
Melinda, some of my best memories were in your home. Your mother was a sweet, devoted lady and I was always impressed with how much she was able to accomplish. I wish you the very best! I can witness that mother’s can be our guardian angels. My mom has been here with me at times when I have most needed her since her passing. I miss you!
Much love!
Judy Larsen Sweeten
From Mel Larsen:
Morris, I’m so sorry to hear about your wife. And I understand how you feel, because I lost my wife NaDene over 8 years ago. But I know that she and your wife are both on the other side and without pain or suffering. And that they will be there for us when we go. They are wonderful wives and mothers. God bless you and your family.
Love Mel Larsen.
From Chrystian Medrano :
As I heard from the participants if this funeral service, its OK to feel sorrow during this period of time, it makes known that we all have received love from our beloved sister Marguerite Fae Whitaker and we miss her, we will miss the light that she offered where she was passing and living by. I appreciate the patience and love she expressed all the time I had the privilege to be with the Whitakers during their mission time, as one of the hundreds adopted sons I will be extending her legacy of life example to my family and try to emulate her example! Till we meet again!
With all respect and love to the Whitakers, family and friends, my sincere condolences!
From Jay & Elsje Denison:
Marge was always such a kind and giving person. Ever welcoming and friendly to all. We give our condolences to and prayers for the family.
From Tonia, LaMar, and Josh:
Sending love and condolences from Alaska, It was wonderful to be able to hear all the beautiful reflections and the musical number, it was wonderful to see family gathered even though we couldn't be there at this time. Aunt Marge was a generous, sweet, and beautiful person, we loved coming to visit in St George and going to church a time or two with Uncle Morrie and Aunt Marge. Her life has been exemplary and we will miss her! Hugs from Alaska.
From Sarah Gale:
The first time I ever had pot roast was at Marge's house in college, when I was friends with her son, James. It was a wonderful meal, and I remember her every time I make pot roast now. She always made me feel at home.
From Clarice Whitaker Olson:
So sorry for Marge's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Morry. I wish I could be with you and every one else. I attended the funeral via web-cam and it helped me feel like I was there. Everything was perfect, the casket was perfect for Marge!!, the flowers - beautiful!, the talks - all so special, and touching, the music, I felt the Spirit there. Love you all.
From Larina Ortiz Linares:
Mis más sentidas condolencias para usted Dr. Whitaker y su familia. Deseo de todo corazón que Marge descanse en paz y que encuentren pronto la resignación por tan enorme pérdida. Ella era una gran persona, ejemplo vital para muchas otras, que su recuerdo permanezca y toda su trayectoria sea recordada. Recuerdo con mucho cariño los actos de bondad que tuvo para mi hermana Cecilia y yo cuando más lo necesitábamos. Pienso que la trayectoria de su vida y todos los buenos recuerdos que las personas que la conocieron tienen de ella nos darán un mayor impulso para ser mejores en el presente. Siempre estará presente en mis oraciones y así como el sentimiento de gratitud hacia ustedes.
From Cecilia Ortiz:
My deepest condolences to Dr. Whitaker, Jacque, Angela, Cindy, Carrie, Melinda, James, Bill, Christina and all their families.
I was one of the many fortunate souls who was touched by Marge's kindness and generosity. When I first came to the United States from Ecuador, Marge was there to receive me with open arms and such unrestrained affection. Marge was always there to give me advice and support; whether it was a ride to a store, weathering an illness or appreciating the cultural nuances of a new place. I will always cherish the Sunday dinners at her home in Logan with her parents, Dr. Whitaker and all their children. She always made me feel as being part of the family and for which I will forever be grateful and blessed.
I love you and will always love you, my dear Marge.
From Bush:
I love Aunt Margie. She is a big-hearted, compassionate, generous, cheerful beautiful lady and a role model. My mom would call me Margie by accident when I was growing up. Usually when I was cleaned up and dressed nicely. It was always an honor to have that comparison made. I love her dearly and appreciate her great family. Until we meet again, Aunt Marge.
From Linda Edlefsen:
I have so many fond memories of my Aunt Marge. Such a kind and generous person that always had a big smile and hug ready for you. Among other talents, she had a gift for cooking, poetry and taking care of people. She was a joy to be around and I'll miss her. My condolences to her lovely family.
From Brady Peterson:
My condolences to the Whitaker family. My heart goes out to her husband, I love and adore both of them. She had such a sweet way with all of us missionaries who were far from home. I will never forget, one day she had us drop her off in a Mexico City market that we were unfamiliar with (one of us called President afterward to make sure it was ok??) she was confident and unafraid. She gave me strength through her example. What a wonderful woman. It was always a pleasure to be in her company and she invited a special spirit into their home that I will never forget.

Un fuerte abrazo.
From Jared Lish:
Sister Whitaker was one of the kindest and most charitable people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. From the moment I arrived in Mexico to serve my mission, I could feel her love for all of the missionaries. I always looked forward to chatting with her during the meetings where we would all be together. The dozens of pancakes she would make for us didn't hurt either. She loved all those around her and in return she was deeply loved. I send my condolences to President Whitaker and family. My family will be praying for you.
From Kathleen Cardon:
We extend or sympathy to the family of Marge. She is a woman of faith, integrity, and graciousness. We appreciate the opportunity that we had of living in the same ward in Logan. May the Lord's blessings be with you.
Bart and Kathleen Cardon
From Victoria Laney (Culbert and Edna's daughter) :
My sister Margaret Laney Leigh shared a copy of the obituary from the St. George Utah newspaper,where she lives. I remember your family well from growing up in the same ward in Maryland. I always admired Marguerite and other family members, and I am grateful for all the service you gave there. It helped shape the lives of my own family and so many others who were blessed to know you. I am grateful for my testimony that those associations will continue in the next life.
From Joudel Ricardo Rocha Diaz:
Cuando llegue a la misión, llegué enfermo elder batty se asusto mucho, ese día le llamo a la hermana withaker muy angustiado y ella le dió consuelo y conocimiento para ayudarme aunque, estuve con mis compañeros en todo momento los hermana siempre estuvo al pendiente a través de mis compañeros (elder baty y el elder Rouse) poco después también hablo conmigo para darme consejos sobre mi salud y alimentación, estuvo al pendiente hasta que me recupere completamente y ya no fui carga alguna para mis compañeros. Recordamos a la hermana whitaker por su amor, empeño y dedicación para con su familia, sus hijos misioneros, su esposo y el Señor su Dios. Ruego para que el espíritu del Señor acompañe a su esposo y a su familia dándoles consuelo y fuerza, fortaleciendo su testimonio de que la volverán a ver en el día de la resurrección de los muertos. Mis condolencias y mis mejores deseos para Presidente whitaker y su hermosa familia.
Con amor Elder Rocha
P.D.
Salmos 116:15
From Cynthia Tello:
Mis más sinceras condolencias a la familia. Es triste pensar que ella a dejado esta tierra. Le recuerdo con mucho amor. Recuerdo que ella nos enseñaba con carteles y dibujos. Y con mucho amor. Recuerdo el pan de platano recién horneado que nos dejaba en nuestros departamentos, si es que estaban limpios. El tiempo en la misión fue maravilloso. Dulces recuerdos que guardo de la hermana Whitaker junto a su esposo. Gracias por todo su servicio. Les amo mucho. Y mis más sinceras condolencias. Un abrazo.

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