Betty Lou Widner, 77, Noblesville, died Dec. 8, 2014. Born Jan. 16, 1937, in Wabash, she was the youngest of five children of Elmer and Susie (Sharpe) Suddarth.
She graduated from Lagro High School and attended Ball State. She was married to James Widner, who died Oct. 13, 2000.
One of her passions throughout her adult life was mentoring children. She had a unique ability to connect with kids, whether patiently tutoring students, shooting pool with them or hosting tea parties. Her natural enthusiasm always made kids look forward to coming back.
She had a number of diverse interests, including politics, philosophy and playing the piano. She loved France and took the trip of a lifetime to Paris and Provence. She loved animals and supported a number of organizations that promote animal welfare. She adored her cats and shared a special bond with her favorite girl, Susie.
Survivors include her daughter Chris Widner Felix (Dan); sons, Bill Widner and TJ (Ruth) Widner (Ruth); and granddaughters, Stella and Sofie Widner.
A gathering of family and friends is 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at Shirley & Stout, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, Dept.: Memorial Donations, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037.