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Mary Ellen Eggers Widener, age 95, of Damascus, VA. (Taylors Valley Community) passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at the residence of her son, Walter J. Widener, after an extended illness. A native of Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Walter B. and Lillie Stalcup Eggers. She was a graduate of Gastonia High School, Gastonia, NC. Mrs. Widener had operated Widener's Grocery in Taylors Valley for a number of years. She was the oldest member of the Taylors Valley Christian Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Clarence B. Widener and a granddaughter, Amy Rice.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Rice, Kernersville, NC.; two sons, Walter Joe Widener and wife Mary, and Clarence Edward Widener all of Damascus; four grandchildren, Valorie Widener, Damascus, Rhonda Cardwell and husband Kent, Winston-Salem, NC; Maurice Widener and wife, Pat, Laurel Bloomery, TN and Heather McCarthy and husband Michael, Winston-Salem, NC; six great grandchildren; and a cousin, Martha Stalcup Stout, Butler.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Mountain City Funeral Home with Mr. Eugene Brockley, Minister, officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Park, Damascus, VA. Active pallbearers were John Forrester, Dave Pennington, Calvin Hash, Mark Hash, Buddy Cochran, and Stacy Greer. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Taylors Valley Christian Church and members of the Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren, The family would like to express a special “thank you” to the staff of Home Town Hospice, Pat, Teresa, Jessica, Tracy, and Dickie for the excellent care that was given to our mother. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Widener to the Youth Group, Taylors Valley Christian Church c/o Mark Hash, 23607 Taylors Valley Road, Damascus, VA. 24236. The family received friends from 11am to 1pm Saturday at Mountain City Funeral Home. Friends may also call at the residence of a son, Joe Widener, Taylors Valley, VA. Condolences may be emailed to [email protected]
Memorial Funeral Chapel of Elizabethton was in charge of the arrangements.