Christine Godfrey Whaley, 57, of Dagsboro, Del., fought a long and courageous battle with breast cancer and passed away peacefully in Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. She joined Perdue Farms Inc. in 1976 and had only recently taken a leave of absence due to her illness.
Whaley quickly became one of Perdue’s reliable “go to” associates and was instrumental in the development of the marketing services team, providing sales and marketing support in the area of public relations, consumer promotions, consumer relations and sports marketing. Among her many accomplishments were the creation of the first Perdue consumer relations team, launching the company’s toll-free consumer helpline and the development of the Perdue Web site. Special projects were her passion and over the years she was responsible for hosting numerous customer tours and industry events, and most recently led the team to restore the Perdue Family Farmhouse in Salisbury, Md.
She had a can-do attitude; there was nothing that she would say she couldn’t do and she set extremely high standards for herself and her team. To that end, she remained the consummate team player and cheerleader for Perdue and all her fellow associates. She was a dedicated member of the Perdue Relay for Life team and her spirited fight against this awful disease was inspiring to all who knew her.
She cherished time with her family and their devotion was a source of strength to her throughout her illness. Never one to take without giving much more in return, she will be dearly missed by her extended family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. In mourning her passing, a friend wrote “Chris was one of those rare people who touches your life once and then works her way into your heart forever.”
Whaley was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Hilda Parker Godfrey Sr. She is survived by her daughters and their families, Kimberly and Daniel King of Berlin, Md., and their children, Berkeley, Daniel and Ascher; Tiffany and Mark Smith of Seaford, Del., and their sons, Hunter and Christian; stepdaughter, Robyn McEwen and her husband, Sam, and children, Ashlyn and Brett; sisters, Lorraine Weatherford and her husband, Bob, of Midlothian, Va., Dawn Godfrey of Rehoboth, Del., and her friend, Dave Urian, Robin Godfrey of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Preston E. Godfrey Jr. and his wife, Betsy. Additional survivors include many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery. Contributions in her memory and her courageous fight may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life; or the Susan G. Komen Foundation; or Women Supporting Women, 106 Circle Ave. #101, Salisbury, MD 21801; or the charity of choice.