Widney, Betty W. Age: 87

Passed Away: 2010-12-26

Funeral Home: Ford-Stewart Funeral Home

Betty W. Widney Betty Wheeler Widney, of Morrow, died on Dec. 26, 2010. She was born in 1923 into a tobacco-farming family of nine, and was raised by her mother and older siblings near Creedmoor, N.C. After graduating from high school and taking a business course, Betty worked in banks in Fayetteville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta. She married Linnie E. Widney in 1942, and after his Army service, they moved to Adamsville, in Atlanta, where they jointly operated a small wholesale egg farm. They had three daughters, and she volunteered at Bethel Methodist Church, Margaret Fain School, and supported other charities. The family then moved to Morrow, where she worked on behalf of children at the Clayton County Courthouse. Always an active supporter of children’s education, she served as president of local PTAs and taught Sunday school at various Methodist churches. Her warmth and support were also appreciated by choir members at Jones Memorial, Rex, Morrow, Fayetteville First, and North Fayette United Methodist churches. She and Linnie kept a colorful yard of perennials and azaleas; it was often recognized as among the most attractive in Morrow. They also tended a vegetable garden and large pick-your-own blueberry patch in Henry County. Betty’s family was always her top priority, and her gentle encouragement resulted in all of her daughters becoming accomplished choral singers and pianists and attaining college degrees. Betty joins her beloved husband, who passed away in November. She is survived by her brother, Marvin Wheeler, of Durham, N.C.; daughters, Jean Widney Wynn, of Atlanta, Carole Widney Galimore, of Fayetteville, and Nancy Widney, of Jonesboro; grandsons, Eric and David Wynn, of Grenoble, France, and Portland, Oregon, respectively, and Jeff and Justin Galimore, of Fayetteville, Ga., and Marietta. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Camp Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Jonesboro is handling the arrangements, (770) 210-2700.