Virginia Lee Widaman, of Mexico, Mo., peacefully left her Earthly body behind Jan. 16, 2018, and made her journey to Heaven where she was greeted by her savior Jesus Christ, and her late husband Ellery Benton Widaman, who had made the trip on Oct. 23, 1980.
Also greeting her were many dear friends and family members including her parents Ray and Betty Scherer, grandparents, only brother Kenneth Scherer and niece Marsha Scherer Stovall.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Stanford officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Virginia’s many friends and family will just have to wait to see her again. They include her children Patricia Gipson of Pleasant Hill, Mo; Steven and wife Linda of Sturgeon; Gregory and wife Karen of Mexico; Kevin and wife Rachel of Columbia; and Dwight and wife Anita of Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Grandchildren include Denise, April, Blane, Whitney, Drew, Amber, Brandon, Cara, Hannah, Emma, Ashley, Jacob, Kalea, Breanna, Lauren, Bridget, 29 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren, sister-in-law Carol (Scherer) Ragle and nephew Ronnie Scherer.
Virginia was born in Mexico, Mo., on April 26, 1925 and grew up in Rush Hill, Mo., where she graduated from Wellsville High School in 1942. She regularly served as an organist for the Rush Hill Community Church. Virginia often spoke of her love for Rush Hill and the tight-knit and caring community there. She was a member of the Mexico First Christian Church since the late 1960s and sang in the choir for many years. She was also a member of the Gillman Guild.
Her love of travel and work led her - like many women of her generation - to assist in the war economy. She left home to work in Los Angeles, San Diego and Bloomington, Minn. She also worked at Scott’s Store, Florsheim, and A.P. Green. During the war, Virginia played piano and guitar for the USO when Hollywood stars would come through the area selling War Bonds. Her favorite was Gene Tierney.
She married Ellery Benton Widaman on July 10, 1952, in Alton, Ill., and became an army wife during the Korean conflict.
As her own children began to leave home, she was a tender caregiver - babysitting during the day for neighborhood families and her grandchildren.
Virginia was an avid reader, clipping out articles and handing them to family members. She followed local and national news but always made time for her favorite daytime soap operas. When she could no longer attend them in person, she enjoyed listening to Cardinal baseball games on the radio; as well as college and high school basketball games. She loved to travel and spent much time at the homes of her son and daughter in the Kansas City area.
She truly enjoyed devoting time and effort to diligently organize dozens of family photo albums and scrapbooks with some pictures dating back more than 150 years. An avid sewer, she was often making her own curtains, pillows, blankets and aprons as well as nightgowns for her youngest granddaughters.
After her husband passed, three sons in Mexico cared her for. In April, 2011, she left her home in Mexico – a home she lived in since 1967 – to be cared for by her son and daughter in Pleasant Hill, Mo. However, she always kept up with news from the Ledger. When placed on hospice last week, she asked to return to Mexico where she passed at Pin Oaks.
The family would like to thank her former Mexico neighbors for all they have done for their mom in the past—getting her mail and paper, clearing her driveway and walk of snow, bringing her tomatoes and keeping her informed of the neighborhood news (which she never wanted to miss).
We will miss the chocolate pie, her sense of humor, little acts of kindness, the thoughtful gifts and the sign by the door to "please take off your shoes.” Most of all we will miss her love and presence in our lives.
We love you Mom. We will see you again.
Donations may be made to a Rush Hill Community Church youth program that will assist elderly Audrain County residents fixing up their homes: Rush Hill Community Church, 143 Church St., Rush Hill, MO 65280.
Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy
Truly sorry for the family. What a loving tribute to her. I felt like I knew her. God speed your hearts. - Emily Singleton Wiles
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. - Gwen Gola Turner
Sending my sympathy to The Widaman family. Pat, so sorry for the loss of your mother. - Pam (Hudson) Chapman
So sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Bev Pottebaum Semar
Prayers that God will comfort the family during the time of grieving. - Don and Kathie Hartley
Greg, Karen, Whitney and Drew, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. May God comfort you during this time. - Karen and Jerry Hoagland
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your families. - Karen Spires Silver
My deepest condolences to the family. - Lisa M. (Plotner) Mohan
Whitney I am very sorry for you and your families loss. The tribute was wonderful. She sounded like a good genuine soul. Our deepest condolences. - Samantha Poindexter
That was a beautiful tribute to your mom. May the peace of God surround your hearts and souls. - Amy F
So sorry for your loss. Moms are so special. Love your tribute to her. - Greg W Bryson
Beautiful tribute to your mother. Our mother's are very special in our lives. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Peace and love. Gil and Jayne Wehmeyer
So sorry for your loss - Ron Neale
Greg I'm sorry for the loss of your Mom, She sure sounded like a wonder person and had a very fulfilling life. Prayers for You and all your family. - Rick May
She was a lovely neighbor. - Irene York
So sorry to hear of your beautiful Mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Kandy Johnston
So sorry for your loss. - Anna Williams Berry
Sorry for your loss. You are my thoughts and prayers. - Debbie Schlatt Conley
So sorry for you loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. - Kelly Thomas Shevitz
We are very sorry for your loss. It sounds like your mom was a wonderful wife, mother and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Tim and Marchelle Taylor
So very sorry to hear that your Mom passed away. She was a sweet lady and will be missed . May GOD comfort you in this time of loss. - Steve Nichols
Gregg. It sounds like you were truly blessed to have such a wonderful mom. Condolence. - Jim Wieberg
Sorry for your loss. She raised a fine family, you all have always been a polite family - Glenn Buck aka Glenn Jaeger
So sorry for your loss. - Randy and Penny Dahl
Kevin, we are so very sorry for the loss of your precious mother. We remember all the years she lived in Mexico and how much she enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many. Sending our love and prayers during this difficult time. - Randy & Renee Belcher and Family
Today I say goodbye to a wonderful mother, friend, and neighbor. She was a special person and I will miss her very much Rest in peace. - Gerry Johnson
We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. She was a very kind and loving woman and will be truly missed. - Mike and Nancy Oakes
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