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Reston Association Staffer Whittick Dies at 49

by Karen Goff November 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm 1,090 5 Comments

Arlene Whittick/Photo: Reston AssociationReston Association staff is mourning the loss of  Neighborhood Outreach Specialist Arlene Whittick, who died on Thursday.

Whittick, 49, had recent surgery and was on a path to recovery when she succumbed to her ailments, RA CEO Cate Fulkerson said.

A Reston native and South Lakes High School graduate, Whittick began working for Reston Association in June 2007 as a Cluster Outreach Specialist and grew the position and impact to that of a Neighborhood Outreach Specialist , said Fulkerson.

Barbara Ramey, RA Covenants Case Manager and colleague, described Whittick as “a bright, shining personality who will be terribly missed by everyone.  She leaves a hole in the Covenants Department that will be difficult to fill.  We all mourn with her family and friends.”

Fulkerson called Whittick “a true inspiration.”

“As a fellow South Lakes High School graduate and contemporary, I am honored to have known and worked beside her,” said Fulkerson. “She was a true inspiration to me. ”

Cate Fulkerson, the association’s CEO and fellow South Lakes High graduate, also shared her sadness. “I am honored to have known and worked beside her.  She was a true inspiration to me.”

Please check www.reston.org for updated information on arrangements.

  • Paul Thomas

    So sad. My heart goes out to her family, friends, and coworkers. She and I went to SLHS together, and as a committee/board member, I was lucky to work with her a bit at RA. She will be missed. Such a bright light.

  • Amanda Misiko Andere

    Arlene was on the board of FACETS and attended Martin Luther King Christian Church in Reston. This is where we grew to be more than colleagues, but true friends. She was a quiet light that brought so many people together. I love her dearly and will miss her.

  • Ken Knueven

    She was so special, we will all truly miss her… God bless her spirit…

  • Tammi Petrine

    I am heartbroken to learn of Arlene’s death. Her warm, friendly, can-do attitude made her a superb asset to RA. She was a doll and so unusual in this day of rush/rush; me/me. Gosh, I will miss her. To her family, you have lost a wonderful lady. I am so very, very sorry.

  • Robin Smyers

    My heart is heavy to hear this news. We were both SLHS Class of 1982 grads, and when we reconnected at Reston Association, it was a true blessing. I wish her family, friends, and co-workers peace. She will be remembered as a caring, quiet soul, with a smile that made everyone feel special.


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