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Mary Pope Creighton Whitson, 92
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Mrs. Mary Pope Creighton Whitson was born Jan. 13, 1920 in Nashville, the daughter of Emma Joe Stout and Andrew Donelson Creighton, and she died June 22.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two loving husbands, Robert Masters Crichton and William Burroughs Whitson; one son, Richard Stout Crichton and one grandson, Nicholas Stout Crichton.
She is survived by three sons Andrew D. Crichton (Eva James) of Columbia; Robert M. Crichton Jr., (Pam) of Nashville; John Pope Crichton (Vivian) of San Francisco, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Jane Burroughs Whitson and Mary Gwynn Whitson and two daughters-in-law, Mary Edgar Crichton and Margaret B. Crichton. Four grandchildren, Charles Worthington Crichton, Andrew D. Crichton Jr., Robert M. Crichton III, and Mary Gwynn Crichton and four great grandchildren also survive her. 
She attended Ward Belmont College and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1942 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. She married her first husband, Bob Crichton in 1943 and they lived in Nashville and raised four sons until his untimely death in 1970. Upon her marriage to Billy Whitson in 1971, she moved to McMinnville where she lived until his death in 1998. She has since been a resident of Nashville. She loved to read and play bridge which she did until her death.  She served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of McMinnville and was currently a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and an active member of the Junior League of Nashville. 
Rev. Dr. Carson Salyer conducted a graveside service Tuesday, June 26 at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Cumberland Heights, 8283 River Road, Nashville, 37209. Sign the online guestbook at
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 27, 2012