Obituary: Mary Alice Widener
Mary Alice Widener, recently of Phoenix, Arizona, passed peacefully on June 27, 2018, at her place of residence at Huger-Mercy Living Center. Mary Alice was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on March 3, 1923.
After working at Bethlehem Steel in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, Mary Alice joined the U.S. Navy, where she was proud to be a WAVE for two years. She and her husband, Newton F. Widener, Jr., met in the Navy in New Orleans, Louisiana, married shortly thereafter, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage. In 1976, they moved to Prescott, Arizona, living off Williamson Valley Road and then at Las Fuentes. During those years Mary Alice was active in several pastimes, including bowling, Prescott Downs horserace spectating, horseback riding and bridge, until she moved to Phoenix in 2013.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alan Earl and Mary Edwards; three brothers, Bill, Frank and Robert; and a sister, Amanda.
Mary Alice was loved by many close friends in several states, having made friendships through traveling in the United States and Italy. She loved her family more than anything, and leaves behind a son, Michael N. Widener of Phoenix and his wife, Peggy; as well as granddaughters, Emily, Alison and Victoria, who were her frequent companions during her last years. Mary Alice’s daughter, Martha, and spouse Richard, reside in Atlanta, Georgia; and their children, Mark, Matthew, Michael, Maria, Mary Catherine and Caitlin shared love generously and enthusiastically with their grandmother whenever possible. Mary Alice also was proud of her 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mary Alice had several hobbies, including gardening, making crafts, making cross stitch pictures, reading and listening to her favorite singers, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Harry Connick, Jr., Rosemary Clooney and Sammy Davis, Jr. She loved to accompany these crooners by singing aloud any time their music was audible around her home. She will be remembered for her generosity and kindness toward others, carefully keeping in touch with friends and family through writing cards and letters.
The family requests that in lieu of sending flowers, anyone who wants to honor Mary Alice and her family, please donate as you choose to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Habitat for Humanity, Central Arizona or Atlanta.
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