Arline Claire Widen
November 25, 1928 – July 16, 2015
Arline was born in Coaldale, Alberta, the second child of Bob and Evangeline Scott. When she was 15 years old, Arline moved with her parents and three brothers to a farm on Woodmere Road, near Telkwa, BC. In December of 1945, Arline married Eric Widen and they moved to Eric’s farm on Woodmere, where they raised all of their nine children.
Retiring from the farm in 1989, Eric and Arline moved into Telkwa for several years and then into Smithers. When Arline sustained head injuries in a fall in 2011 and could no longer care for Eric, he was moved to Bulkley Lodge. Arline was cared for in her daughters’ homes for several months and then she also became a resident at the Lodge.
Arline loved her gardens, family and visitors. She was a skilled seamstress, a beautiful dancer and a late-blooming artist. Arline was a long-time member of the Women’s Institute and encouraged her children’s involvement in 4-H. She also babysat and tutored numerous children over the years. Arline was a gentle soul with a quick wit and a smile that will be treasured in memory.
Arline passed away peacefully on July 16, 2015, at the age of 86. Her children would like to thank Dr. Scholtz and the staff at Bulkley Lodge for the loving care they gave our mother during her last years.
Arline was predeceased by her parents, Bob and Evangeline Scott; her brothers, Stan and Lynn Scott; and her husband of 67 years, Eric Widen. She is survived by her nine children, Lindy (Fred) Mayner, Rob (Christina) Widen, Lori Widen (Neill Gallagher), Barb Horte, Kevin Widen (Cindy Savage), Terry Widen, Ted (Stanza) Widen, Ginnie Widen (Eddy Strawiak) and Sherri Widen (Petr Kyn). She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, as well as one brother, Wayne Scott, in Saskatchewan.
There will be a celebration of Arline Widen’s life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Round Lake Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bulkley Lodge Recreation Fund if friends so wish. Condolences can be made at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com.