Obituary for Elizabeth Marguerite Widmark (Daugherty)
Elizabeth Betty Widmark
Elizabeth Marguerite Daugherty Widmark was born June 22nd in the year 1918 in Orrville Ohio. Her father had a dry cleaning business, which he sold when Betty was four and the family moved to Meadville Pennsylvania. While in Orrville, the neighbors across the street were the Smucker Jelly family.
Betty had two brothers and a sister all of which were educated in Meadville.
Betty went on to commercial college. She took a civil service examine just prior to World War II. She was assigned to the Quartermaster Generals Office Washington D.C. as a clerk typist. Later, she returned to Meadville and was a secretary/receptionist for a surgeon for about 3 years.
In 1944 the Y.W.C.A. started sponsoring girls to bus to Camp Reynolds, Pennsylvania, to attend dances. During one dance, a young soldier cut in.
He was Albert Widmark. Betty was annoyed as the other gentleman was a good dancer! Later after punch and cookies, Al and Betty began to correspond.
When Al’s 79th Infantry Unit was shipped out for Normandy, they kept up correspondence. Al was a combat medic. He came home on leave at Christmastime. Al’s Mother Rebecca Marie Widmark met Betty at Grand Central Station in New York, and took her to the borough of Queens where Al lived with his mother and her Sister. When Al was discharged from the Army he took a job as a meat inspector for the federal government in New York. The two were married in May of 1946.
A place to live in New York at the time was very expensive, so Al asked for a transfer and was given “Denver” where they decided to stayed and raise their family.
They had three sons, Marty, Carl and Jon. All were born and now live in this area.
There are 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bettys husband Al passed away in 1998. Al and Betty were married for 52 years.
After Al’s passing Betty continued to live in their Westminster Shaw Heights home
with the help of her sons and support of her neighbors for an additional 8 years.
At the age of 88 Betty became ill and was hospitalized for a prolonged time, as she
recovered she chose to come back to the Shaw Heights home where she felt the most comfortable. Although wheel chair bound she enjoyed an additional 6 years there with the help of her sons, their families and several agencies combining to provide aid and support. At the age of 93 Betty moved to “Sunny Acres” nursing home in Thornton and shortly after that she transferred to the Colorado Lutheran Home in Arvada (Now called Arborview) where she spent her final 5 years.
Betty enjoyed her various dogs and birds throughout the years. Also her many house plants flowers and container plants. Betty was a very avid reader. She enjoyed attending services at Westminster United Methodist Church where she was a parishioner for 63 years, throughout that time she held a variety of roles, providing childcare, and various volunteer duties. Betty was a member of the “United Methodist Women” and was in the “Rachel” circle.
A friend named Rachel Lowe coaxed Betty to come to Westminster U.M.C. from Highland Hills Methodist Church, in 1954. The Westminster Grange Hall was the location of the church at that time.
Betty passed away November 7th 2017 at the age of 99. She was a delightful and fun lady to be around, she touched many lives in a gentle and positive way.
We will all miss her greatly!