Rebie Mae Whitaker of Buffalo, who was active in her neighborhood, died Sunday in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 84.
Born Rebie Cotton in Raleigh, N.C., she had lived in Buffalo since she was a teenager. She had served as president of the French Street Block Club and was a member of Grassroots, a political organization.
Mrs. Whitaker was a former employee of W&F Manufacturing Co. in Kenmore.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Samuel Sr.; five daughters, Audrey Dixie of Rochester, Carolyn Mann of Fredericksburg, Va., Patricia of Chicago and Yvonne Bradley and Deborah, both of Buffalo; five sons, Samuel Jr. of South Carolina, Robert of White Oaks, N.C., Michael of Erie, Pa., and Demetrius and Wendell, both of Buffalo; five brothers, Freddie Cotton of Washington, D.C., Melvin Cotton and Carlton Cotton, both of Detroit, and Murphy Cotton and Paris Cotton, both of Buffalo; 56 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Elim Christian Fellowship Church, 20-25 Central Park Plaza. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.