Africana Studies remembers former secretary

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Africana Studies remembers former secretary

February 24, 2014

The College of Liberal Arts mourns the passing of Ms. Tish Whitlock. She died on the evening of February 21, 2014, from complications due to cancer, in a hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. Memorial service details will be announced when available.

Ms. Whitlock was the secretary/office manager for the Black American Studies program/Africana Studies department for fourteen years before her retirement in 2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. The following obituary appeared in the Sunday, February 23, edition of the Southern Illinoisan:


PARIS -- Tish G. Whitlock, 65, passed away at 9:27 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind., after a courageous year-long battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 4, 1948, in Harrisburg, to Donald and Grace Benson Marie Whitlock.

Tish retired from SIU Carbondale, where she worked in office management.

She enjoyed dancing, going to casinos and playing cards. Tish was a small woman with an immense heart. She was a loving mother who was loved, admired and respected by her two loving children. Her presence could light up a room and people loved her for her honesty, charisma, sincerity and sense of humor. She loved her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Tish is survived by her mother, Grace Arbeiter of Paris; son, Allen Gill and his wife, Robin of Okawville; daughter, Darla McClure and her husband, Jamie of Paris; two brothers, Allen Arbeiter of Du Quoin and Charles Whitlock of Florence, Ky.; one niece; and one nephew.

In the words of her family, "God saw her getting tired, a cure was not to be. He wrapped her in his loving arms and whispered 'Come with me'. She suffered much in silence, her spirit did not bend. She faced her pain with courage, until the very end. She tried so hard to stay with us, but her fight was not in vain, God took her to His loving home and freed her from the pain."

In honor of Tish's wishes, cremation has been chosen with no services.

Greiner Funeral Home in Terre Haute is in charge of arrangements.