Mollie Jo (Allen) Widner, recently of Las Cruces, N.M., was promoted from this mortal life to an immortal life with the Savior on Thursday evening, May 2, 2013, at the age of 77. Mollie was the fifth of seven children born to Morris John and Ruby Allen on Nov. 23, 1935, in Winston, N.M. She Married Neville (Neil) Widner on Dec. 17, 1955 and together they raised five children. She was preceded in death by Mary Elizabeth, an infant daughter; Neville, her husband of 26 years; and Sandra her eldest child. Mollie is survived by her sister Ruby (Teeny) Southerland (husband Sonny); her brother Orion Allen (wife Bertha); sister Vera (Jeannie) Roberson (husband Donald); daughter Anna Cole and husband Skip; son Gary and wife Dara; son Brian and wife Maria, son Gregory and wife Joy; grandchildren, Bodie Littlejohn, Bryan Mosher and Sarah Widner, Jason, Eric, Michael and Shayla (Moss) Cole, Keegan, and Keith Widner; Nicole, Lyndsey and Leigha Widner, and Evan and Emma Widner; numerous great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She graduated from high school in the Hondo Valley where she participated on an international dance team with her brother and was a member of the band and choir. Following high school, she met and married Neville who was an officer in the U.S. Air Force. They lived for a brief time in Utah before returning to Las Cruces and started growing their family while attending New Mexico State University. She was a loving and devoted wife and as a mother she was totally engaged with her children's activities, whether 4-H, FFA, horses, baseball, dance, gymnastics, football, basketball, scouts or karate – Mollie was engaged. She still took her personal time for her own interests. An artist, poet and gardener; Mollie enjoyed life. Oh yes, camping, boating and ducks and roses. Mollie's home knew no strangers and her graciousness and generosity were known by all. For years she shared her love of art with many children and family members. In addition she gladly fed, housed, clothed and gave unselfishly to anyone who was in need. Demonstrating God's love to all those she came in contact with was simply her nature. Her grace, forgiveness and love for all of God's children was and will continue to be an example for those she leaves behind. A memorial service to honor the life and legacy of Mollie Widner will be held on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Riverside Church of Christ, 3100 La Orilla Road NW, Albuquerque, NM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Child Life Council (www.childlife.org).
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News from May 7 to May 8, 2013