Sara J. “Sally” Whitham

Sara J. “Sally” Whitham, age 80 of Batesville, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at The Chateau of Batesville. Born August 28, 1940 in Aurora, Indiana, she is the daughter of Ellen (Nee: Gooderson) and Floyd Pohlman. She married Estal Whitham August 18, 1962 at Lawrenceburg, Indiana and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2017. Sally held a Bachelor’s degree in education and taught for the Northwest School Corporation of Cincinnati (formerly the Colerain School Corporation) for nearly ten years before retiring to start her family.

Family was important to Sally. She was very involved in her children’s activities, volunteering to help wherever she could. And then those precious grandchildren came. With mom and dad both working, grandma gladly babysat them until they reached school age. Her family indicated she was an exceptional cook and baker known for her homemade bread and belonged to the Hidden Valley baking co-op and the Hidden Valley Garden Club. Sally loved to read, but in later years began to lose her sight. Thankfully the Indiana Talking Book Library allowed her to continue to enjoy her love of books.

Sally is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lora and Daniel Eckstein of Oldenburg; son and daughter-in-law Doug and Susan Whitham of Mooresville, Indiana; sister Mary Lou Doerr of San Angelo, Texas; brother Jerry Pohlman of Harrison, Ohio and her grandchildren Clayton and Annabel Eckstein. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother Bill Pohlman.

Sally’s wishes were to be cremated. The family will hold private services with burial in Holy Family Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Indiana Talking Book Library or the Parkinson’s Foundation and sent to the funeral home in care of the family at P.O. Box 36, Batesville, Indiana, 47006. For online condolences go to