Laverne Whitney McClendon passed away 12 May 2013

May 29th, 2013

Laverne’s photos, her obituary and her story have been entered on LDS Family Tree.  Anyone can register for an account to join Family Tree, LDS member or not. Laverne’s photos can be found here. Click here for Laverne’s information.

Next George Burton Whitney Reunion

November 14th, 2011

Uncle Burt’s family graciously turned the next reunion over to Ralph Whitney’s family for the 2013 reunion. We are excited about going back to Pine Valley, as close to the traditional Labor Day date as we can. Watch for further news on this.

In preparation, Beth Breinholt has asked us to submit memories of the old Pine Valley Days for publication at the 2013 reunion.

George Burton Whitney Reunion

November 14th, 2011

Aunt Mabel Whitney Macfarlane was known for her delicious cooking. She even ran restaurants in Las Vegas. Then when her 5 girls (her help) all got married in 1937, she sold the Overland Cafe to Ralph and Doris Whitney.

Since Mabel’s family was in charge of the reunion, they decided to honor her by making the food plentiful and good. It certainly was a wonderful meal. Dana displayed family photos on each table and a short history and photo handout was provided to each person who wanted one.

We also had a short program led by Tim Cory. The words to a song Pete Peterson used to sing at the reunion, “Sleepin’ at the Foot of the Bed” were handed out and Tim led us in that song and then played his guitar for several other songs.

David Whitney (Jr)

November 28th, 2010

Last Sunday night several of my sisters and I attended the memorial service for David Wayne Whitney, Howard and Ellice’s grandson. His father, also David Whitney, spoke briefly, sharing some personal memories and spiritual experiences. David’s bishop also spoke, giving us a short doctrinal discourse about death. Harp music served as prelude and postlude and a piano solo was the musical number. The chapel was packed with people back into the cultural hall, most of them young people. The spirit was so sweet that after the closing prayer, no one moved until the bishop rose and dismissed us. Still, though we stood, most of us just stood in place. We were reluctant to leave this place. Many surged to the front to pay respects to family members. Some of us had done that before the service. David’s life was short, but it was significant and carried great impact. Several stories about his accident have been published in local papers including this one.

Fun in Veyo

June 17th, 2010

I had a great time at our Ralph Whitney reunion at the Veyo resort in southern Utah. It was marvelous to visit with my cousins. There is a bond with them that reaches across many years for me. Our times of singing around the campfire and then visiting in the shade by the river were highlights for me. I was sorry that Lucile and her daughter could not attend as they had planned because their plane reservations were out of sync with the available reservations at Veyo. Next time!

What a treat to have Uncle Keith and Aunt Vi and our Aunts Laverne, Lorraine, and Ellice there! We did some reminiscing, some good eating and a little bit or organizational stuff together. There were 65 people in attendance! Thanks so much Kim. You did a fantastic job this year!

Our next reunion is scheduled for 2012 and Adam Whitney is in charge. He said he would be glad for any help from other members of the family. As family representatives, Beth (Whitney) Breinholt, Mark Hansen and Cindy (Nelson) Christensen all said they would help. Elyse (Whitney) Joseph was also enlisted as she walked by.

Hopefully we will get some reunion photos posted to the site to spark our memories and to encourage anyone else who would like to join us to come in 2012. I was inspired by the reunion deadline to finally scan some of the treasures that have been entrusted to me. I gave a set of 5 DVDs to each branch of the family. Contact me if you want some of your own. Grant Whitney, Joel’s son, also is in the process of scanning some of photographs that were in Uncle Howard’s possession. He is willing to share those as well.

Other miscellaneous tidbits: Aunt Laverne would like the recipe to the “cocoanut cookies” that were served. Aloe vera  works pretty well on sunburn.  The road home is longer than the road to the reunion. And I have addresses in my “autograph book” for some of the cousins if you want to contact them.

Thanks and much love to everyone,


George Burton Whitney Family Reunion

September 22nd, 2009

Reunion Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Time: 11:00 am
Place 550 East 700 South St. George, Utah
We will be honoring Mary Maudeen Whitney (Burgess)

Howard G. Whitney Funeral Luncheon

August 23rd, 2009
From Movies

Howard Grant Whitney

August 14th, 2009



We are sad to announce the passing of Howard Whitney, born 4 October 1922 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, died 14 August 2009 St. George, Washington, Utah. Howard is married to Ellice Henrie also of St. George. Their children are Ralph Grant Whitney who died in 2002, Lucile, Kent Howard, Kim Henrie, Elyce, Joel William, and David Wayne Whitney. We extend our condolences to the family and they are in our prayers.


Howard Grant Whitney
(October 4, 1922 – August 14, 2009)

Howard Grant Whitney

U.S. Veteran St. George, UT – Howard Grant Whitney, age 86 and a beloved husband, father and grandfather peacefully graduated from mortality with honors on Friday, August 14, 2009 in his home in St. George Utah surrounded by family, love, and the singing of his favorite hymns by family members.

He was born on October 4, 1922 in Good Springs, Nevada to Ralph Emmanual and Doris Nay Whitney. He is the second child of seven and is survived by his sisters, Lorraine Nelson, Laverne McClendon and Elsie Banks and his younger brother Keith. He was preceded in death by his brothers Calvin and Bert.

He married Ellice Henrie on March 10, 1945 in the St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Howard was a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy and served as a Navy Fighter Pilot during World War II. After the war he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. He was a teacher by profession and taught High School math for over 30 years in Delta Utah, Upland, California and Lone Pine, California.

Howard was ordained a Patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1970 by Elder Spencer W. Kimball of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and served for decades before being granted emeritus status when his health failed.

He is survived by his wife Ellice Henrie Whitney, his daughters Lucile Giedt of Albrightsville, Pennsylvania and Elyce Joseph of Riverbank, California, his sons Kent Howard of Lone Pine, California, Kim Henrie of St. George, Utah, Joel William of Lone Pine, California and David Wayne of Medford, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Ralph Grant. He has 34 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Leaving a Living Legacy–Bert N & Anna C. Whitney Family History Committee

April 30th, 2009

Report of Whitney-Nay Family History Over the Past 3 Years (what we know and can remember)

Given at REW Reunion on April 11, 2009

1. Nadine Rolfson and her daughter located Ormus Bates Nay’s grave in Arizona and marked it with a headstone (assisted by other family members including Bert Whitney).

2. Established a family archives with the intention of preserving and safeguarding and sharing family records.

3. Organization of committee to include the next generation.

4. Jeni Goodman and Megan Whitney are producing a family stories ABC book

5. Whitney – Nay Family History website established and maintained by Jacob Breinholt–Currently on the website (It’s just a beginning):

  1. Doris Nay history and selected journal entries
  2. Ralph E. Whitney history
  3. Bert N Whitney history
  4. Book files for The Nays in Utah and the West

6. We are in the process of scanning family photographs and documents to include on the website and to distribute by CD.

7. Collaboration with the Luke Whitney family organization (Julia Rawlins & Judy Ball).

  1. Beth is sifting through genealogical work done by Fenton Whitney to determine if all temple work has been done. She has found more work that can now be completed.
  2. Beth and Joy visited their reunion meeting to help with their organization.
  3. They copied several items from our archive collection to be included in their book—on line at <>
  4. Beth wrote a short history for one of their chapters based on the research she has done in her genealogy classes at BYU.

8. Collaborated with Susan Whipple (at the last GB Whitney reunion) to produce a digitized copy of the George Burton Whitney family record book—have arranged to distribute this to interested family members and to post this on the GB Whitney website (see sidebar link).

9. In collaboration with Mary Syphus to hopefully help her produce a book on her findings about the Syphus family.

10. Under Clark’s direction, held a family reunion in Panaca, Nevada, visiting historic family sites there and reviewing family history that occurred in this area.

11. Jill attended the graveside services of Ora Nay Benson, Doris Nay’s cousin, and became acquainted with these cousins, children of Larry Lee, trading family history information.

12. Beth is pursuing an educational program at BYU with the goal of becoming a professional genealogist. She has researched the family of George Sanders Whitney and Mary Eveline Barnard and is updating the sources in the Whitney pedigree.

13. Temple work

14. Beth has affiliated with and done some work for the Whitney Research Group, an informal group of individuals interested in the scholarly research of Whitney families around the world and throughout history. See sidebar link.

15. Beth and Kim Whitney organized and held an RE Whitney family reunion with the purpose in mind of furthering loving family ties and creating an RE Whitney family organization.

Pictures from Reunion

April 30th, 2009

Hi Family, if you would like to take a look at the reunion pictures, you can see them at this website:

Just copy the link, paste it in your browser and enjoy!

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