Anna Molene Borden Whitaker

Born on September 11, 1941

Departed on June 30, 2019

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Anna Molene Borden Whitaker died early on June 30, 2019, in Smithville, TN. She was born in Clay County, TN, the youngest of the 10 children of Audie Hermas Borden and Ola Madelyn Mullinix Borden. She was named after two of Ola’s friends, one of them a midwife at her birth.

Anna met William Thomas Whitaker on the 4th of July, 1958 and they were married in October of that year, a marriage of nearly 44 years that ended with William’s death in 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Darcie Ann Whitaker Cripps (Kent) of Alexandria, TN, who lovingly and selflessly cared for her during the illnesses she endured in the last decade of her life. Her son, Christopher Thomas Whitaker (Cynthia) of Baltimore, also survives her. She was preceded in death by her son, William Douglas Whitaker who died in 2005. Her grandchildren Jen Whitaker (Scott Kaufman) of Ashburn, VA, William Whitaker (Sarah Shald) of Sioux Falls, SD, Kevin Cripps (Liz) and Tyler Cripps (Jessica) of Alexandria, TN. She had six great-grandchildren.

Anna was a reader all her life and she never left a library or Books-A-Million without a cherished armful of popular fiction. Finding a place to put books in her house was a constant battle and thousands were given away, donated, or loaned and forgotten over the years. She was known for her biscuits which were so good that many fine bakers were frustrated in their efforts to duplicate them, and for her sheath cake that made every family gathering complete. She was loved as a playmate and friend to her nieces and nephews, children of her older siblings. She was a Brownie and Scout leader and will be remembered as a young mother who played badminton, croquet, baseball in the yard of her home on Alta Loma Road in Goodlettsville, TN. After the children were grown Anna worked as an accounts clerk for several companies and retired from the Dollar General Corporate headquarters. Anna was raised, and raised her children in the Church of Christ.

Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home Goodlettsville Tuesday July 2 from 2-8 pm, and Wednesday July 3 from 12 Noon until service time at 2pm. Entombment will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery Mausoleum.

10 Comments to Anna Molene Borden Whitaker

  1. Michelle Powers
    June 30, 2019 5:29 pm

    We are really going to miss your smiling face. Until just recently, I was never around you when you weren’t smiling. Your chocolate cake will be very hard to duplicate. We may try but it will never be as good as your cake. We hope you find eternal happiness when you are laid to rest with Bill. Until we meet again, we love you. Michelle and Dot

  2. Pam Scoggins
    June 30, 2019 6:24 pm

    I will never forget the days I spent with you and Darcie watching the Old Time Gospel Hour and eating my tomato soup, which I had every day. You will be missed by many but you most certainly will not be forgotten. I bet you and my momma are having one heck of a hen party in heaven today!

  3. Shirley Borden
    June 30, 2019 7:13 pm

    Auntie Ann, you will always be remembered with love.💝 say hi to my daddy and momma 🌈

  4. Phyllis Borden
    July 1, 2019 12:18 am

    Auntie Anna, who was more like a cousin than an aunt.

  5. Betty Ruth Munden
    July 1, 2019 7:53 am

    I always have a memory of coming to Aunt Ann & Uncle Bill’s house to play with Darcie when we were little kids. Ann, you will be missed.

  6. Barb Schell
    July 1, 2019 12:51 pm

    Ann was the best Mother, Grandmother and friend you could have! We had may rides up to the river house with her chocolate cake safely on the back seat – watermelon next to it – heading for the picnic and a boat ride. If the cake made it there without a little bite taken out of it I considered it a victory – it was my FAVORITE! We will miss you Ann!

  7. Della Ayers
    July 2, 2019 12:16 pm

    Anna i will miss you forever my little sister . you fly high with momma and daddy and bill now . You will be very missed by many as you have touched so many lives . I will always love you little sis.

  8. Kathy Ray
    July 2, 2019 2:53 pm

    She beamed from the inside out. So blessed to call her my Aunt Ann, Love you, miss you.

  9. Debbie Claiborne
    July 3, 2019 9:55 am


    I was so saddened to hear about your mom.. I know exactly what you are going through. I lost my mom back in 2005 and miss her everyday.. I do know she is in a better place and that I will see her again someday (that is comforting, for me)..
    Believe me when I say it will get better.. Just remember all the good times you had together.


  10. Jo Anne (Ray) Lord
    July 3, 2019 12:20 pm

    We will miss you Aunt Ann, and yes we will ” The Baby” of the family as you made it clear to everyone, your funny Borden humor and that smile. I love the memories of a kid singing in your backyard with Doug, Chris and Darcie singing Johnny be Good and you peeking at the back door listening to us. Never forget that grin! Love you, miss you, Rest in peace!

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