Greta A. (Whipkey) Rich

Born: Wed., Apr. 11, 1956
Died: Sun., Apr. 17, 2016


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 21, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Apr. 22, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Greta A. Rich, age 60, of Robinson, IL, died Sunday April 17, 2016 at 10:40 AM at her residence in Texas City, TX of complications of breast cancer.

Born April 11, 1956 in Robinson, IL, she was the daughter of Sie J. and Margaret (Earleywine) Whipkey.  On June 21, 1980 she married Timothy L. Rich and he survives.

Greta was a legal secretary for The Law Offices of E.H. Price for three years; then worked as a secretary for Marathon Oil Company for ten years; then after her children were older, became a teacher at New Hebron Christian School for twenty years.

Greta graduated Palestine High School in 1974, then graduated Lincoln Trail College, Robinson, IL, with an Associates of Science degree Executive Secretary; Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and subsequently returned to I.S.U. to graduate with her Masters of Science in Elementary Education.  She was a member of Highland Church of Christ, Robinson, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Rich, Robinson, IL; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Candace Rich, Midlothian, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and James Welsh, Dothan, AL; a very much hoped for grandchild due in August 2016, Claire Ann-Marie Rich; brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Ruth Whipkey, Evansville, IN; sister-in-law, Debra J. Whipkey, Pensacola, FL along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Roger Lee Whipkey in 2012 and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service will be Friday April 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with Pastor Tom Buchanan and Pastor Jane Priest officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday April 21, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.  Burial will follow funeral service in the Robinson New Cemetery, Robinson, IL.

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Dori Sheese
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, Greta was a great friend and teacher. My boys loved having her as a teacher at NHCS. David & Dori Sheese, Daniel & Darin Cox

Barbara Murray Kipple
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
My condolences and deepest sympathy to your family. Greta was one of the sweetest girls I've ever known. It was my pleasure to have worked with her while at Marathon in Robinson. May God comfort each and every one of you in His abiding love.
Barbara (New) Kipple

Jo Wachtel
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
My sympathy is with your family. I first met Greta back in the 70's when we were students at LTC. We were both student workers in the Registrar's Office. She was always such a sweet person and that never changed.

David & Gloria Saad
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
We are so very sorry for your loss.

Tami Ikemire
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
My deepest sympathy for the loss of Greta. A wonderful person. My prayers for the families comfort during this sad time. She will be missed.

Jay & Debbie Nichols
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
We loved Gig and are so sorry that she has left all of us - we will miss her and she has given us a host of good memories from years past - she is in God's hands now and may he bring you all comfort during this sad time.

Karen Jo Calvert-Hunt
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
Please know that I am so sorry for Your loss and All are in My Thoughts and Prayers at this sad time

Tommy Morris
   Posted Mon April 18, 2016
Lindsay, sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family!

Avan Boa
   Posted Tue April 19, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Greta spoke softly and had a great laugh and she will be missed.

Phoebe Correll
   Posted Tue April 19, 2016
I am so sorry to hear the loss of Gig. The Whipkey's were my neighbors growing up in Palestine, and we played on the same softball team since we were 13, great person. My daughter Erika had Gig at New Hebron, one of Erika's favorite teachers. Gig always had a smile on her face, always fun to be around. So sorry for your loss.

Leslie Beale
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
Praying for His comfort to surround your family.
Leslie Beale

Stephen R Salyer
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
Tim, Chad & Lindsay

Kathy and I were deeply saddened to hear of Gig's passing. She always had a smile and kind word for all she met. We pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories you guys shared.

Steve and Kathy Salyer

Mr.& Mrs. Greg Parkhurst
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
I am so very sorry for your family's loss Greta was one of the nicest people I have ever met. May God comfort you and give you strength through these very difficult days.

Pamela Rich Toliver
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
Blessings of comfort to the family . . . so glad we got to visit with Greta that last time . . . she was such a comfort and joy to everyone.

Donna Markley
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
Candace, my sympathy to you and your family. My prayer is for you all to hold each other close and your hearts to be lifted. God is with each of you.

Daly Lopez
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
Sweet Candace and family, deepest sympathies during this hard time of loss. May memories give you strength and the Love of your dear one help you through the days ahead. Hugs!!

Elias Wright
   Posted Thu April 21, 2016
First off, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and well wishes to your family. I hope the Lord blesses you with the strength to overcome all you may face. Mrs. Rich, as I called her during my time at NHCS, had a bigger impact on my life than words can measure, and I am devastated to hear of her passing. She inspired me early-on to dream big, dream often, and to achieve more than I ever imagined to be possible. She was the sole person who ignited my love for reading early on -- a passion that I still carry with me today and one that led me to begin writing my own novel, as well as traveling the world doing research. While she may have moved on to be with her Heavenly Father, her legacy lives on through students like me, and will continue to survive through the skills, knowledge, and love for learning she gifted each and every one of us. So thank you, Mrs. Rich, for every small and big thing you did for me, whether inspiring hope in me, igniting my imagination, or instilling a love of learning that will last me for all of my days. I am forever grateful.
Elias Wright

Lawrence and Debbie Dix
   Posted Thu April 21, 2016
Debbie and I are so sorry for your loss. We will remember your family in our prayers.Greta was a great gal and a good mother.

Sharon Fuentees
   Posted Thu April 21, 2016
May all of you be blessed with peace and comfort.

Sharon Fuentes

David Wakefield
   Posted Thu April 21, 2016
I crossed paths with Gig on several occasions during her life. I remember buying produce at their Palestine house, playing softball against my sister, teaching Lucas and Allie, and working with Tim. We always laughed that one of my kids called her Mrs. Wich. It was far from the truth. They both loved her as a teacher.
The time ahead will be rough. Remember the good times to get you through it.

She will be missed.

Karen Cross
   Posted Fri April 22, 2016
Our kids were taught by many wonderful teachers at New Hebron Christian School, with Mrs. Rich, (Greta) being one of the best. Greta made our move to NHCS a breeze as Anna was a first grader in her little class of 6. As Anna prepped for 3rd grade, due to class numbers, Mrs Rich was moved to 3rd grade and we able to enjoy her yet another year. She was a WONDERFUL woman. We shared many conversations on the numerous field trips she used for hands on learning. I loved being one of her drivers and had LOTS of giggles shared that will forever remain our secret. God gained a great woman on his Paradise Team. Forever Blessings asked for her family, she talked about all of you often, as they walk a path to repair lives filled with a huge void.

Debbie Warren Rose
   Posted Fri April 22, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about Greta. Although I have not seen her in many years I have thought of her often. I have enjoyed recently reconnecting with the family through Facebook. Greta and I went to Lincoln Trail together. She actually helped serve in our wedding. I have a nice picture of her in my wedding album. I pray for you Tim and your children. What a nice tribute your daughter posted. I can understand how beloved she was to your family. Have peace in your memories.



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