Widen, Mary Hutchinson
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died peacefully at the age of 87 on December 20th, 2013. Mary was born in Chicago, Illinois to Katharine (Kit) and Buel Hutchinson on May 27th, 1926. She was the oldest of three children. At the age of fourteen, her family moved to southern Arizona where Kit and Buel founded a boys' school and summer camp named The Little Outfit. Mary enjoyed ranch life and horseback riding. She attended Tucson High School and was a popular participant in many aspects of campus life, including as a senior, voted Rodeo Queen. In 1945 she married William Gibson Mann (Bill). They had four children - Katharine, Susan, Gib, and Amy. As a young mother she was active in the community volunteering in numerous political campaigns, the Junior League of Phoenix and founding the Junior Tennis League of Phoenix. After raising her four children, Mary went back to school and received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Arizona State University in 1969. After graduation, she taught kindergarten at Rural Elementary School in Tempe. In 1975, Mary married Robert A. Widen of Prescott, Arizona. Mary relocated to Prescott, involving herself in the community. Bob and Mary owned an outdoor retail store called Basecamp for 24 years. With her infectious personality, she was a natural on the sales floor. She created and maintained many close friendships in Prescott, as she had done throughout her life. Mary is survived by her husband Robert Widen, her sister Ann Gordon, four children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many great friends. She will be greatly missed. A celebration for Mary will be held on January 10th at 4:00 p.m. at 1215 East Tanglewood in Prescott. Burial will be 12 p.m. January 12 at Black Oak Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Family Hospice Care: 100 E. Sheldon St. Prescott 86301 or Black Oak Cemetery: C/O Jerry Hopper, Treasurer, P.O. Box 4691, Huachuca City, AZ 85616. Please visit www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view and sign Mary's guestbook.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 5, 2014