Lawrence Widner, 72, went to meet his Heavenly Father on December 1, 2008. Lawrence married the love of his life on December 29, 1954. Lawrence is survived by his family, one son Larry of Bovina, Terry Hunt and husband Chris of Friona, Linda Merritt and husband Butch of Nazareth, and Laura McMillin and husband Kelly of Shallowater. Lawrence and Carolyn were genuinely blessed with six beautiful granddaughters: Ashley Hilton and husband Philip, Amber White and husband Ty, JLae and Jenny Jo Merritt, Christy Widner, and Andi Kate McMillin and one great grand-daughter Trinity Black: six wonderful grandsons: Josh Merritt and wife Sucre, Jase Merritt and wife Marissa, Clay Cristy, Keith Hunt, Trey Widner, and Jake McMillin.
Lawrence was born the second son of Harley and Edith Widner on February 22, 1936. He leaves behind four sisters, Gay Johnson, Susie Widner, Karen and Wayne Lightfoot and Nyla and Rick Walter and three brothers, Harley and Ruthie Widner, Lynell Widner, and Jamie and Robin Widner and in-laws Molly Widner and Clyde Yarbrough. He was also dearly loved by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Neville Widner and two sisters Sharon Yarbrough, and Debbie Lesly, sister-in-law Linda Widner and beloved mother-in-law Reva Farmer.
Lawrence graduated from Melrose High School in 1954 and received a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education from NMSU and later a Masters degree in School Administration from ENMU. He served as New Mexico State FFA President in 1954. He taught Ag and Science in various schools in Eastern New Mexico.
In 1975 Lawrence and Carolyn moved to Bovina, Texas where he continued teaching and raising show pigs. In 1978 Lawrence achieved a life-long dream when he and Carolyn bought their first farm. C and L Farms has grown into quite a partnership with several farms in Parmer County. Lawrence has remained active volunteering for the youth of Parmer County since his retirement in 1999. He was currently serving as a board member for Parmer County Farm Bureau, Parmer County Livestock Show, and Friona Federal Credit Union.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm CST Thursday, December 1, 2008, at Bovina Church of Christ and interment at Melrose Cemetery at 4:00 pm MST. Family requests memorials be sent to: The Widner Family Scholarship Fund, co American Heritage Bank, P.O. Box 318, Melrose, New Mexico 88124 or your favorite charity.
We were very sorry when we recieved a call from Dale that
Lawrence passed away. Lawrence was very special to all of
us ,we will surely miss him. All of you will be in our prayers.
Love you God bless.
Lloyd CoraleeCaldwell ,Idaho, ID
Loving Father, Loving Husband, Awesome Grandad, Awesome Teacher, A Christian Man, Honesty, Integrity, Character, True Friend. You could put LAWERENCE WIDNERS picture beside any of these words in Websters Dictionary and have the perfect definition. My thoughts and prayers are for an AWESOME FAMILY
TIM GARNERCLOVIS, NM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
Sherry, Josh Ben
Sherry McMillin, AL
Please know we are thinking of you and wish we could be there with you. We have great memories of the wonderful times we had together.
Love, Nancy and Starrett Dalton
Nancy Starrett DaltonTiburon, CA
although we never got to see near as much of you guys as we would have liked you have never been out of our thoughts.love you all and may God Bless
Bill and GellineCaldwell, ID
We are all thinking of you. may God be with you.
Wayland Debbie VanceCaldwell, ID
Carolyn my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. I am so sorry . Lawrence was a great man I never knew anyone that didn speak highly of him and the kids just loved him. He freely gave me many lessons that I have used all my life and I will always be indebted. I share your loss as will everyone that knew him will.
Pat BarrettWashington, TX
Sorry to hear about Lawerence he was always a good friend to me and was a good man. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with you and your family.
Melba Moore McRaeLubbock, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Noel Shirley WhiteFriona, TX
Thinking of you and your family
Jason McMillinBryan TX, TX
Laura, So sorry to hear about your father. Our family will have you and your family in our prayers. Craig, Deb and Shane Cristy
Craig CristyAmarillo, TX
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kristi CargileMelrose, NM