Deidra Whatley, 84, of Bandera, formerly of Big Spring died Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at Bandera Rehabilitation and Health Center. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.
Deidra was born July 10, 1927, at Texon, Texas, to Mildred and A.O. Vanderford. She was a resident of Big Spring since 1938, graduating from Big Spring High School in 1943 at the age of 15.
Deidra served in the Nurses Cadet Corps from 1943 until 1946, while attending nursing school. She graduated from West Texas Nursing School in Lubbock in 1946.
Deidra married Tommy Whatley on Jan. 29, 1947, in Big Spring. He preceded her in death Jan. 6, 1992. She was a Registered Nurse at Malone â€“ Hogan Hospital and Scenic Mountain Medical Center for more than 50 years.
Deidra was the true example of the perfect nurse, always putting patients first. She inspired her staff by example, expecting the best from them. Deidra was honored by Hospital Corporation of America in 1974 with the National Nurse of the Year Award. The hospital staff honored her twice as employee of the year, in 1976 and in 1996.
When the hospital built doctors offices on the campus, Deidra was honored again by the facility being named Whatley Medical Plaza. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Deidra is survived by two sons, Van Tom Whatley and wife Cindy of Bandera and Jan Tom Whatley and wife Cynthia of Dallas; one daughter, Dana Tom Whatley and husband Kerry Hall of St. Joseph, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Nick Whatley, Jace Whatley, J-Lee Whatley, John Kendrex, Travis Kendrex, Libby Whatley and Lori Davis; and one great granddaughter, Haley Hester.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one infant son, Sam Tom Whatley in 1950.
Pallbearers will be Nick Whatley, Jace Whatley, J-Lee Whatley, John Kendrex, Travis Kendrex and Kerry Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be the 615 Settles Group.
The family suggests memorials to Relay for Life, c/o Diane Wood, 3200 Greenbrier Ave., Big Spring, TX 79720.
Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com