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December 15, 1945 March 16, 2020
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Mary M. Widener, 74 of Cincinnati, OH went to be with the Lord on March 16, 2020. She was born December 15, 1945 in Straight Creek, KY, the youngest Daughter of the late Myrtle and Henry Widener. She was the youngest of 13 children. Mary was much loved by her family and her loving caregivers and friends at Beechwood Home where she was a resident for 47 years. She moved into the Beechwood Home in October of 1972 and became family to the staff and other residents. Mary was fond of playing cards, supervising the receptionists, fasting lunches on Tuesdays and ordering fried chicken out on Tuesday nights. She loved strawberry milkshakes, playing Bingo and talking "common sense philosophy" with "sensible people". She loved playing Black Jack and Bingo with her volunteer friends. She also loved going to the horse races and enjoyed a camping trip with some of the other residents and staff members of Beechwood. Her smile was infectious, but you also didn't want to make her mad.
She was small but mighty! She had many amazing friendships with staff and other residents.
But more than anything she enjoyed being with her very large family. She looked forward to attending the annual Widener family reunion every July. She always responded with a huge Mary Widener smile when staff checked in with her about the reunion on the following Monday morning. To know Mary is to love her. She always had a big smile on her face and no matter what was going on in the rest of the world, she was happy. Though she was non-verbal, she taught us all so much. She showed us that beauty is on the inside. To listen to more than just words, to actually listen, to hear what people are saying and try to understand it. To stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves and always take care of family. To have a sense of humor and a compassionate heart. To always wear a smile and to Love! And yes, that Widener stubbornness as well. Mary is survived by too many Nieces and Nephews to count. She was a very special Aunt to all of us. She was preceded in death by her Parents Henry and Myrtle Widener; Brothers: Ralph, Corum, Jay, Ken, Curtis, Okes and Loy. Sisters: Anna, Aggie, Lucy, Minnie and Sarah. Mary will be laid to rest at Hughes Chapel Cemetery on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Due to our country’s circumstances, a Memorial Service will be held at a later date to be determined. Donations can be made in Mary’s honor to: Hospice of Cincinnati, PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597 or

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Cemetery Details


Hughes Chapel Cemetery Final Resting Place

Union, KY 41091

Union 41091 KY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice of Cincinnati

PO Box 633597
Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597

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