Viola Whitlock, registered nurse, dies at 91

September 27, 2013
Viola Whitlock
Registered nurse

Viola Whitlock, a registered nurse who worked at three Rockville-based nursing homes from the 1970s to the 1990s, died Sept. 6 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She was 91.

The cause was complications from breast cancer, said her daughter, Mary Barrientos.

Mrs. Whitlock, who worked for the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II and the Korean War, worked at Collingswood Nursing and Rehabilitation, the National Lutheran Home (now the Village at Rockville) and Rockville Nursing Home.

Viola Cecilia Cera was a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and graduated from a nursing program at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in 1944. Under the G.I. Bill, she was a 1949 graduate of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

She left the Navy Nurse Corps in 1955, after her marriage that year, and settled in the Washington area. She was a Rockville resident.

She was a volunteer driver for Rockville Fish, a senior citizen medical transportation service, and managed the program for several years, her daughter said.

Her husband, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Joseph G. Whitlock Jr., died in 1989. Survivors include two children, Mary Barrientos of Germantown and Guy Whitlock of Alexandria; two sisters; a brother; and one granddaughter.

— Samantha Hogan