On December 3, 2022, Dee Ann Whittington slipped away peacefully after living bravely with early onset Dementia. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her family at her Hill Country cabin in Junction, Texas.
DeeAnn entered this world on September 10, 1960, to parents Don Smith, Sr. and JoAnn Thomas in Liberty, Texas. She was the youngest and only daughter of her parents. She was raised with her two older brothers, Donald and David Smith where she quickly learned her strong love for her family. While growing up she developed a one-of-a-kind personality that included a contagious laugh and unforgettable smile.
At age 16, DeeAnn met her teenage love, Cliff Whittington. Quickly after spending time together, Dee became Cliff’s brown eyed girl and he never left her side for almost 46 years. The starting of their family became early where DeeAnn loved nothing more than her two sons. During their marriage, they traveled continuously including seeing London, Rome, Switzerland, and Hawaii 15 consecutive years. Out of all the places that they traveled together, nothing topped Dee’s love for the West Texas Hill Country. This location was special for DeeAnn while she continued to make cherishable memories with her sons, Jason and Hunter. Dee gave her sons the best childhood times that any mother could possibly have done.
Dee’s love for hunting and traveling trickled down to include her nieces and nephews. Being known as the “favorite aunt” she continued to love them as her own. Her bond with her nieces and nephews gave Dee a chance to enjoy her “kid at heart” energy. DeeAnn became a grandmother at an early age. This was a very important role that she not only appreciated but adored. Dee’s love for her family was genuine and made lasting impressions as she touched many lives.
Even during DeeAnn’s hardest times she remained beautiful with a strong heart. She had a profound effect on many and will always be loved. The ones left behind will continue to dance and live a “free spirit” life in her honor as she will ALWAYS be missed.
DeeAnn is survived by her husband, Cliff Whittington of Sour Lake; son, Hunter Whittington and wife, Tara, of Sour Lake; son, Jason Whittington and wife, Katrina, of Beaumont; granddaughters, Jaci and Addi Whittington of Beaumont; mother, JoAnn Thomas of Beaumont; brother, Don Smith, Jr. and wife, Christine, of Rockport; brother, David Smith of Hardin; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her father, Don Smith, Sr.
A family graveside service will be held at Whittington Cemetery, Devers, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.