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Obituary for Allie Rae Whitehead


Allie Rae Whitehead passed away November 6, 2022, surrounded by her family, from a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Allie was born June 7, 1949, to Luther and Peggy Blackburn. She married Derrick Whitehead Sr. on December 25, 1972. They resided in La Crosse where they raised their family. Allie drove bus for the La Crosse Schools/Laid Law and then was employed by Golden Plump for many years. After retirement, being the fun social gal that she was, she decided to go back to work for Public Transit Services up until she was diagnosed with cancer.

Allie had many passions in her life, from spending time with her kids and grandkids, craft shows and flea markets with her husband, sewing clothes for anyone in need or want, vacationing with her family, going to theme parks and doing any and all roller coasters, playing BINGO with anyone, going to rummage sales to find treasures that she could buy for family and friends, and playing any kind of card game with whomever she could school and beat.

Allie is survived by her sons, Thomas (Kristi), Derrick Jr., (Tiffany), Al (Ashley) and Terry; step-daughter, Valerie; sisters, Margaret, Honnie and Connie; numerous grandkids and great-grandkids; additional "Kids," Jeffery, Asia and Mariah; numerous nieces and nephews; and in-laws. Allie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons, Michael and David; daughter, Kimmie; step-daughter, Vanessa; and step-son, Willie.

Everyone knows that there is a woman in their life that knows no bounds of kindness, this is the part that made Allie so special.

Per Allie's request, burial and a celebration of life will be held in the spring so everyone can enjoy the outdoors.

Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, La Crosse, is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family would like to thank Dr. Harmon and his wonderful team at Gundersen and the exceptional hospice staff. Your caring and loving support is greatly appreciated.