Nancy A. Whitehurst, Towson resident and former office manager, dies

Nancy A. Whitehurst, a former office manager who enjoyed spending time at the beach, died Monday from cancer at her Towson home. She was 80.

The former Nancy Ann Effinger was born and raised in Towson. She was the daughter of Charles Effinger, a longtime General Motors employee, and Ann Effinger, a homemaker.


She was a graduate of Towson High School, and in 1957 married Ronald Whitehurst, who later worked as an expediter for Harry T. Campbell & Sons’ Corp., which owned and operated a stone quarry in the Texas area of Baltimore County.

Mrs. Whitehurst was an office manager for Bacharach Rasin Co. Inc., a sporting goods store, during the 1990s and into the early 2000s, when the business closed.


Her favorite thing, family members said, was being a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. She was known for her seafood stew and her macaroni and cheese.

Mrs. Whitehurst also liked planning and hosting birthday parties for her 31 combined grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A beach lover, she looked forward to spending time at her parent’s beach house on Fenwick Island, Del.

Mrs. Whitehurst was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by four sons, Ronald Whitehurst Jr. of Forest Hill, Tom Whitehurst of Phoenix, Baltimore County, Dave Whitehurst of Jacksonville, Baltimore County, and John Stephen Whitehurst of Woodbrook in Baltimore County; a daughter, Susan Petrush of Bel Air; three brothers, Scott Effinger of Easton, Charles Effinger of Whiteford, Pa., and Peter Effinger of Flint, Mich.; a sister, Susan Reynolds of Canton, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen