Marilyn Vaughn Jewett Widener CHARLOTTE - Mrs. Marilyn Vaughn Jewett Widener, beloved mother and grandmother, died July 21, 2014, with her three children by her side. Mrs. Widener was born on October 6, 1941, in Richmond, VA, daughter of the late Charles Emmett Jewett and Louise Maynard Dabney Jewett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Lloyd Widener, M.D., in 1991. Mrs. Widener earned her nursing degree from St. Luke's Hospital in Richmond, VA. She worked as a nurse in Richmond and then spent three years in Japan with her husband and children while he served as a physician in the United States Air Force. She enjoyed making new friends, traveling and discovering new cultures. The experiences and items she acquired while in Japan, were invaluable to her and have been shared with her children and grandchildren throughout the years. Upon returning to the US, she focused on raising her three children and served as a volunteer with Discovery Place and the Mecklenburg Medical Auxiliary. After the death of her husband, she returned to nursing and worked at Sardis Oaks in Charlotte until she retired. Mrs. Widener was devoted to family, including her three children and especially her eight grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, decorating, creating flower arrangements and was an avid gardener. She also enjoyed the time she spent over the last several years with her dear friend Gerald Little of Albemarle, NC. She is survived by her children, Wendy Widener James and her husband Lee, Ashley Ellyn Widener, and Charles Hunter Widener and his wife Joy, as well as by her grandchildren: Devon, Indy and Hudson James; Katie Miller, Zander and Oliver Pinnell; Jackson and Lauren Widener, all of Charlotte. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Nancy Jewett Hiner and her husband James William Hiner of Richmond, VA and their son James William Hiner, Jr. A service will be held, Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1:00 PM. It will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. The family would like to express profound gratitude to the staff at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster for the excellent care and loving support they provided during our time there. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.
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Published in Charlotte Observer from July 23 to July 24, 2014