Leta Darlene White

Memorial services for Leta Darlene White, 78, Lawrence will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 3312 Calvin Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. She died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

Leta was born on February 27, 1935 in El Dorado, KS the daughter of Harold M. and Irene J. (Rogers) Davenport, Sr.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita University and her Master’s degree from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA.

She was a realtor for McGrew Real Estate Agency. Previously she was a teacher and a speech pathologist.

She was a member of Grace Evangelical Presbyterian in Lawrence.

She married Wilbur Frank White on August 6, 1955 in El Dorado, KS. He preceded her in death on April 25, 2012.

Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Gayle Ott, Lawrence; one son, David Eric White and wife, Brenda, Colorado Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Clint Ott, Brent Ott, Sarah White, Eric White and one great grandson, Robbie Ott. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, John and James.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Grace Evangelical Presbyterian and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Cheri Drake on September 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    My wonderful friend and co-worker will be missed greatly. I hope her family will find peace in knowing that she is in the Lord’s kingdom.

  2. Ruth Mitchel on September 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I will greatly miss my 4th grade through El Dorado Jr. College and life long friend, but I know she is now with Wilbur and is where she lived her whole life to be.

  3. Jo Hess on September 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I will miss my high school friend, Leta. She was a wonderful person and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  4. Heather Goodlett on September 19, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I cared for Leta last year and a little this year and she was such a wonderful woman! She will be greatly missed but she is home with Wilbur now. She helped me through the time when my grandmother passed away and I comforted her when she lost Wilbur. Leta was almost like another grandma to me and I will miss her tremendously. Rest in peace Leta.

  5. Becky Mondi on September 19, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Leta was a gentle giant! A tremendously talented and firm colleague yet as a lamb of gentleness as she spoke of her life in Jesus. I enjoyed our visits at Pioneer Ridge. Her spirit was strong even as she failed in her body. May she rest in the peace she knew in her heart.

  6. Nancy Ketterman on September 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you lost your mother. Love, Aunt Nancy

  7. John Esau on September 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Leta and Wilbur were wonderful neighbors of mine for several years and I will remember them both. My sympathy to Leta’s family. John Esau

  8. Dr. Ahmed Alzaabi of the UAE on October 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    My Family and I are very sorry to hear that Leta passed away. Leta and Wilbur were good friends of us, when we lived in Lawrence. My thoughts and prayers are with their family.

  9. Cynthia Lartigue Eubanks on October 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Rest in Peace my dear friend.

  10. Chris Seibert on February 1, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Wilbur and Leta White were gracious, wonderful friends to me as a young post-college person in search of my career path in Modesto, CA. They hosted my family on the eve of my marriage. They are two of a few with whom we have stayed in touch through the years since. My heart goes out go Beth and David and the extended family. We felt the loss when Leta’s Christmas letter was missing from our stack for the first time…

    Both have heard, “We’ll done, thou good and faithful servants.”

    I will miss them. Chris Seibert

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