Charleen Rose White

August 17, 1934 - November 19, 2020

Obituary For Charleen Rose White

Charleen White, 86, of Raleigh,NC, died peacefully on November 19, 2020 with her son, Alan and his wife, Amy by her side.

Charleen was born in Glidden, Iowa, on August 17, 1934, the daughter of the late Lila and Clarence (Pat) Bruning. She is preceded in death by her husband James R. White, her sisters Shirley (Lathrop), Mary Lou (Crilley), and her brother Deane (Bruning).

Charleen married James R. White in Denver, CO. on May 21, 1960. They have four children. Susan (William) Hines, Jim (Terry) White, Tom (Jill) White, Alan (Amy) White.

Charleen is survived by her children; nine grandchildren: William T. (Britt) Hines III, Brandon (Brooke) Hines, Brian Hines, Hayden White, Emma White, Preston White, Elizabeth White, Nathan White, Camille White; one great-grandchild: William T. Hines IV; and by 21 nieces and nephews.

Charleen will always be remembered as a loving and devoted wife and mother. She lived for her family and her friends. She was a kind and gracious woman. Charleen enjoyed traveling and visiting her children in Los Angeles, Dallas and Reno when she was able. When the time came that it was more difficult for her to make those trips, she came up with the idea of a family trip to the beach in North Carolina each summer, in August, to celebrate her birthday. First, in 2001 we went to Wrightsville Beach, NC. Later, as the family grew, we moved the party up the coast to Topsail Island, NC. So, a tradition was started and each year the family would go to Raleigh and caravan to the beach for a week together. In 2019 the family went to Charlottesville, VA to celebrate Brandon and Brooke's wedding in September. We did not go to the beach that year. This past August, we were able to get to Topsail with mom and we celebrated her 86th birthday. There was discussion as to whether or not to go because of COVID, but we made it happen. Good times and great memories of our family together with mom will live forever in our hearts. Thanks, mom!

Mom loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, and playing bridge with her groups that she belonged to. Early on she was active in her church, St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in North Raleigh. Dad served as the first Parish Council president for St. Luke.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in North Raleigh on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 10 a.m. Preceded by a visitation at 9 a.m. Burial at Pine Forest Cemetery in Wake Forest at approximately 11:15-11:30 a.m.

For those unable to attend in person, a livestream broadcast of this funeral mass will be made available on the St. Luke the Evangelist webpage here, Funeral Mass for Charlene White (stream will begin at the time of service)

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Catholic Parish Outreach, 2013 Raleigh Blvd. Raleigh, NC. 27604




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We shared many special afternoons and evenings around the bridge table and political emails. Your beach trips were the highlight of her year. We will remember her fondly and you all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Judy Faircloth
- Judy Fairclotoh
To your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have great memories of being with Charlene & Jim as we were working on projects at St. Luke's . In in the last several years talking with Charlene and hearing how the family was doing. We think of Charlene and her great smile & kind manner. May you Rest In Peace , Charlene. Jim & Jonne Kuszaj
- Joánne Kuszaj
We met at GE Mortgage back in 1991; we worked together on the switchboard. As I cleaned for her in more recent years, we grew closer as we kept up with each others families. I admired the bonds of her family and how well they kept in touch and care for one another. She loved playing bridge with her close friends. We shared our separate experiences from when we lived out in Colorado. My thoughts are with her family; I know she is glad to be home in heaven with her husband and all those that have gone before.
- Kristie
Heaven is rejoicing to welcome a lady of pure grace, love and devotion. Our hearts are with you as you grieve her departure from this earth. Praying God's amazing love and strength will be with all your family. Tammy & Mark Anderson.
- Tammy Anderson

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