Lilian Whyte

Lillian Susan Whyte, 89, of Galt died on Sept. 30. She was born Lillian Falkner on June 21, 1930 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Lillian Waters and Allison Falkner. Her family immigrated to Oakland, Calif., where she and her sister Eileen grew up.  

Lillian was a 1948 graduate of Oakland High School and went on to become a Clairol model, along with doing some runway work. She met Gary Whyte in 1954, and they married in 1955.  Although they both graduated from Oakland High in 1948, they didn’t actually meet until six years later. They had three daughters, raising them first in Newark, then in Fremont, where Lillian was a medical receptionist for Dr. Ruth and Dr. Hunt for 25 years. She became very active in local social groups, including Candlelighters, which created, and continues to create, a yearly Ghost House to raise money for local causes. She was famous within the organization for the soups she provided for the food booth. She was also active in supporting the arts, including the Fremont Philharmonic, which became the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, and with groups that brought various kinds of stage performances to Fremont.

Lillian was an accomplished cook and taught her daughters to become accomplished cooks. She was a swim mom, getting her girls to swim practice and attending weekend meets, often supplying food for swim meet snack shacks.

She loved Casper’s hot dogs, Dreyer’s ice cream, and crab feeds at Christmastime. She loved people and bringing people together. She was delighted by her grandchildren.

Lillian and Gary retired to Brentwood before settling in Galt, where they lived together until Gary passed away in 2018.

Lillian will be loved and missed by daughters Katherine Walton, Elizabeth Souza and Annette Battaglia; sons-in-law Tim Walton, Scott Souza and Richard Battaglia; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

If you wish to honor her, please do so by making a contribution to Shriners Hospital (!/donation/checkout).

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