Darlene Louise Widney

1939~2018

Darlene Louise Widney was born September 5, 1939 in South Gate, CA to Jesse and Glennis Butler, and passed away Friday February 9, 2018 at the age of 78. At the age of seven the Butler family moved to Watonga, OK. Darlene attended Watonga Public Schools, and graduated from Watonga High School in 1957. After graduation, Darlene spent time back in California with an aunt, and at one point thought of becoming a flight attendant. After two years away, Darlene came back to Watonga where she married Wilford Lee Widney on May 9, 1959. To this union three children were born; Kelli, Kandy, and Kyle. In 1970, Gary and Leslie Blain, Children of Doreen and Wesley Blair came to live them. With her husband, Darlene farmed in the Eagle City community for 45 years. Together they started and built Flying W Livestock Equipment in 1982, which Darlene still helped manage through 2018. Darlene was highly involved with her children and community. She was involved for a number of years in the Eagle City Christian Church. In her time there she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, church building fund organizer, church secretary and women’s organization secretary and president. With her husband Wilford, she helped to organize and co-sponsor the Eagle City Fire Department, and Eagle City Sports Association. She sat on the Blaine County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee (15 years), and served as president (ten years). She served in the Oklahoma State Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, was the FFA Mother’s Club secretary, Band Mother’s Club chairman, and was an active 4-H mother for 12 years. In her later years, even though she was unable to serve, she found several worthy causes that she supported. She was an avid supporter and contributor to the American Cancer Society, Our Daily Bread, Samaritan’s Purse, and the American Red Cross. Darlene was a caring and loving woman. During her time on this earth she was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, and niece. For several years Darlene devoted her time to taking care of her Aunt Goldie, parents Jesse and Glennis, daughter Kelli, and Husband in their time of sickness and need. She is survived by; one son Kyle and wife Laura Widney of Watonga; one daughter, Kandy and husband Brent Wilkinson of Watonga; three grandchildren, Ashtyn, Kamry and Barkley; one brother, Leroy Butler of Norman; and mother, Glennis Butler of Weatherford. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wilford; one daughter, Kelli Kay Widney; father, Jesse Butler; and aunt, Goldie Reagan. Funeral services for Darlene Widney were held Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at the First Christian Church in Watonga with Pastor Adam Lovitt officiating. Burial followed at the Mt. Hope Cemetery west of Watonga. Arrangements by Wilkinson Mortuary of Watonga, OK

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