For more than a decade, Gaye Yonce Whitaker “took great pride” in addressing the needs of those passing through Pulaski County Visitor Center.
Monday night, Whitaker was memorialized with a resolution passed by Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and presented to members of her family. She passed away July 15 following a battle with cancer.
Whitaker was hired to work at the center in June 2002. The resolution recognizes her as being “very passionate” about the county. She “actively promoted Pulaski County to visitors and educated our citizens about the community in which they live through her vision for what the Visitor Center could accomplish,” the document states.
She was credited with implementing a daily journal of visitors, in which center employees could record memorable moments in visitor interactions.
The resolution continues, “Gaye Whitaker cared deeply for citizens and travelers needing assistance, as evidenced by her willingness to work on the worst of winter days.”
She is described as having had a “welcoming demeanor, positive attitude and great sense of humor.” She had a lifelong love of horses, taught children’s church for more than 32 years, and was a “loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister,” according to the resolution.
The resolution also commends Whitaker for her contributions to her family, community and county and extends condolences to her family.