Fabiola Tirado Whisenhunt

Born: Mon., Dec. 21, 1931
Died: Sat., Mar. 9, 2019


Memorial Mass

10:00 AM Fri., Mar. 15, 2019
Location: All Saints Catholic Church


Graveside Service

12:00 PM Fri., Mar. 15, 2019
Location: Honey Creek Woodlands


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On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Fabiola Tirado Whisenhunt, loving wife and mother of five children passed away at the age of 87. For the two short months prior to the departure of her soul, Fabiola had been mourning the recent loss of her husband of 66 years. Her primary desire during that time was to leave her earthly existence and rejoin her beloved Jack in Heaven. They are now together, and she is in a better place.

Fabiola was born on December 21, 1931 in Pereira, Colombia. On November 22, 1952 she married Jack McKee Whisenhunt of Mobile, AL in Fernandina Beach, FL. They remained married until his death, January 11, 2019. They are survived by their five children – Jack, Karen, Livia, Steve and Andrea, and six grandchildren – Daniel, Jessica, Sarah, Amy, James and Alex. Fabiola is survived by four siblings - Bernardo, Livia, Estella, and Nestor.

Fabiola emigrated to the USA to avoid dangers posed by turbulent times in her home country of Colombia and attended university in Auburn, Alabama where she met her future husband. After marrying Jack, Fabiola did laboratory work at the University of Auburn while helping to see him through the successful completion of his engineering studies. By that time, they had three children and were ready to embark for a life of work and travel around the world while continuing to expand their family. They settled in Atlanta in 1970 with their five children ranging in age from seven to seventeen. Fabiola continued to pursue her interest in clinical pathology – beginning work in that field in 1972 and continuing until her retirement in 1995.

Fabiola was a very hard working and disciplined person. She was a person of strong faith. She was dedicated to her family and especially her children’s upbringing. She created strong and consistent church and school ethics in the home. She imparted an appreciation of the value of morals, education, hard work, proper etiquette, common courtesy, and intelligent behavior. Her children’s needs meant more to her than anything else, and the attention she paid to each of their lives remained as close and constant as it was the day they were born. Her mixed cultural background, her Latina energy, creativity with English, outgoing personality, and delightful demeanor made for a petite bundle of energy and emotion that always brought a smile to one’s face. Everyone she has fed agrees that she is the best cook they ever known.

She was a beautiful and fascinating person who will be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has requested that a donation be made in the name of Jack & Fabiola Whisenhunt to Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Georgia:   https://www.svdpgeorgia.org/donate-now .

Fabiola’s life and funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 15 at 10 AM at All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338.

A graveside service will follow at the Honey Creek Woodlands at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery, 2625 GA-212, Conyers, GA 30094. The interment site is a natural setting where the ground can be uneven or soft. Closed low heeled shoes or boots are recommended.

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