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Publisher Mary Whitaker passes away peacefully

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Widow of Whitaker Corporation founder Robert E. Whitaker Sr. is at home with Jesus

By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)

Mary W smallerNEW KENSINGTON, PA (ANS – July 22, 2017) –– Surrounded by family, Mary Heurich Whitaker, 86, wife of the late Robert E. Whitaker Sr., founder of Whitaker House publishing and Anchor Distributors, passed away quietly early Thursday morning (July 20).

Whitaker Corporation President Robert E. “Bob” Whitaker Jr. said his mother’s quiet strength and faithful prayers served as the perfect complement to his innovative and highly motivated father.

“It was my father who articulated the mission to spread the gospel worldwide through books and materials. But that mission was first realized with the prayers and support of my mother,” he said. “Her strength and love has been an inspiration and example to multiple generations.”

John Whitaker, vice president of Anchor Distributors, echoed his brother’s sentiments.

“My mother’s steadfast faith and love for my father and us six kids served as the bedrock of our home. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed.”

mary with grandkidsAccording to a news release sent out on behalf of the Whitaker family, when her husband of 62 years passed away in 2012, Mary Whitaker would tell those attending the memorial service that their mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through books began by simply answering God’s call.

“God changed Bob’s life through Christian books and after that, his excitement about Jesus was contagious,” she said. “Pretty soon we were following God’s leading into Christian publishing. We wanted the world to know about the real, living power of a God who saves and transforms the lives of any and all who ask Him.”

Mary is survived by six children, 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Visitation was slated to take place Friday July 21, 4-8pm at Jobe Funeral Home, 445 Beatty Rd, Monroeville, PA 15146 and Saturday July 22 at Monroeville Assembly of God, 9-11am with a service immediately following. Monroeville Assembly of God is located at 4561 Old William Penn Hwy, Monroeville, PA 15146. 

Family-owned and operated, Whitaker Corporation was founded in 1970. Its two divisions include Whitaker House which publishes Christian books and materials, and Anchor Distributors, a worldwide distributor of thousands of books, Bibles, and products produced by hundreds of companies.

Media Contact: Cathy Hickling, 724-334-7000, CHickling@WhitakerHouse.com

Photo captions: 1) Mary Whitaker. 2) Mary Whitaker and her grandchildren. 3) Michael Ireland.

Michael Ireland useAbout the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister, and an award-winning local cable-TV program host/producer who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael

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