Betty J. "Big Nanny" Widener

“Big Nanny”

Service times: Monday, October 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.


Betty J. "Big Nanny" Widener, 81, of 657 Walnut St., Columbia, PA passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy, PA. She was the wife of the late Harry H. Widener, Sr. who preceded her in death in 1995. Born in Bainbridge, PA she was the daughter of the late George and Elva Gohn Emswiler. She retired as a Custodian for the Columbia Boro School District having worked at the Park Elementary School for 19 years. She was the "Unofficial Mayor" of Walnut St. where she lovingly sat on her porch bench with all her friends. Surviving is a daughter: Teresa Colon of Columbia, PA., 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a sister: Tania Rapp of Elizabethtown, PA. She was predeceased by 4 sons: Harry H. Widener, Jr., Terry L. Widener, George R. Widener and W. Joey Widener. She was also predeceased by 4 siblings.

A Celebration of Betty's Life will be held from the Columbia Church of God, 7th & Walnut Streets Columbia, PA on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 11:00AM (VIEWING: 10:00AM – 11:00AM) with Rev. Fred Thomas officiating. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial Contributions in Betty's memory may be made to the Columbia Church of God, 39 N. 7th St., Columbia, PA 17512 or to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville.

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