"I came here to live, not to die," Whittaker said of the assisted living home in downtown Cartersville.
She requested the social director invite barbershop singers to perform on July 13, Barbershop Music Appreciation Day. As a result, 15 of the 55 Big Chicken Chorus members performed for the residents of Felton Manor and other local special-care facilities.
Whittaker regularly attends First Presbyterian of Cartersville along with a number of acquaintances, including Big Chicken Chorus singers. Together they perform community service projects at the church, such as Friendship Table, which provides free meals to those in need.
Active in Sunday school and the Morning Circle of Presbyterian Women, Whittaker recently helped in a project to make diapers out of donated T-shirts for African babies.
Unable to drive, she takes Bartow County Transit to the Cartersville Public Library to maintain her knowledge of recently-published books. She also plays bridge at the Senior Center on Zena Drive and First Presbyterian.
Whittaker, a mother, minister's wife and homemaker, has been a social writer, travel agent and teacher.