She once kicked Amanda out when she found out she was a lesbian. However, she still loved her and let her move back in. She has since come to accept her daughter's sexuality.
Mrs. Whitaker had mental health issues after her husband's suicide, becoming excessively anxious about Faye's safety. She has improved after being put on anti-anxiety medication.
Mrs. Whitaker is not particularly religious. She regularly attends church.
Sex and drugs and rock&roll
Mrs. Whitaker has been celibate since her husband's death and has no plans to remarry, though she has lamented to Faye that she does have some pent up sexual frustration as a result. She was willing to "put out" before the competition.
As a Baptist, Mrs. Whitaker disapproves of alcohol. She does not even like to have people know about her prescription anti-anxiety medication.
To Faye: "I love you, sweetie, but you're crazier than a mule on a Ferris wheel."
"Of course it will honey, that's life's blessin'. It always goes on."