Mary Elva Whiting Allnutt, 81, a long time resident of the Peoria, Texas area passed away June 9, 2017, at Town Hall Estates Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Whitney, Texas after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mary Elva Whiting Allnutt, 81, a long time resident of the Peoria, Texas area passed away June 9, 2017, at Town Hall Estates Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Whitney, Texas after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro, Texas. Mary was born March 20, 1936, in Long Beach, California to Elva Esther (Beebe) and Ralph Hamilton Whiting. The family later moved to the rural area near Mt. Rainer, Washington where Mary lived her childhood on the family farm. Picking wild berries, working on the farm and tending to her baby brother filled her days. Mary graduated from Queen Anne High School of Seattle, Washington in 1953. She then married and had two daughters. Mary later married James Leonard Allnutt on May 6, 1961, in San Diego, California, and had two more daughters. Upon her husband’s discharge from the Navy, the family relocated to Jim’s hometown of Chillicothe, Missouri. A consummate mother and homemaker, Mary was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. Dinner was always on the table by 6:00. Crafting, gardening and sewing were among her favorite activities. She took pride in making her daughters prom dresses, grandbabies blankets and many curtains. Mary worked as a waitress in the early sixties beginning in southern California, later in Missouri and in Texas. She was a favorite among the early morning coffee crews she served over the years. She enjoyed collecting Fiesta dinnerware, Barbie and Effanbee dolls, Depression glass, and bride and groom cake toppers. Mary is survived by her husband and hero, James L. Allnutt; and her four daughters, Robin L. Keeney, Vickey A. Williams, Jamie L. Allnutt and Glenda A. Machado; and her brothers, Ralph Edward Whiting and Frank Timothy Whiting. Additional survivors include grandchildren, Jennifer King, Jay Keeney, Melanie Keeney, Dustin Hughes, Holly Spears, Mike Keeney, Katie Hughes, Casey Lowe, and Olivia Machado; great- grandchildren, Dakota, Caitlin, Tristan, Brandon, Tony, Parker, Nicholas, Bianca, Anthony, Luke, Leah, Ella, Gracie, Wyatt and Abigail; 3 great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Please join the family in honoring Mary’s wishes by wearing colorful, bright attire as we celebrate her life. Memorials may be made to continue the efforts against Alzheimer’s at http://act.alz.org/goto/teamwalkformemaw . The family would also like to express a note of gratitude to Mary’s caretaker Christy Bennett. Those wishing to sign the guest book may do so online at www.marshallandmarshallfd.com.