Thelma Shifflett Widener

June 26, 1939 - October 26, 2023

Thelma Shiflett Widener passed away on October 26, 2023 and is now with the Lord and her family that passed before her. Thelma was born in Albemarle County in 1939 to Nelie and Harvey Shifflett. One of eleven children, she was a loyal and loving daughter and sister to them all.She was married to Benjamin F. Widener and they loved, supported, and cared for each other for over sixty years. Ben and Thelma had one son, Scott Widener. She also loved and adored all of her grandchildren. She will be remembered as the sweetest, most kind soul. She was selfless and always put her family and friends first. She was a caregiver to her core, and she never met a stranger. Thelma’s mantra was “Treat others the way you want to be treated”. Thelma had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. Thelma worked at the Michie Company in Charlottesville for over thirty-five years and stayed in touch with the friends she made there until the day she passed. She loved her family and some of her happiest moments were when the entire family gathered at her sisters Bulah’s, Chellie’s, or Nancy’s houses for holidays. She loved to cook for these family gatherings and will be remembered for her twelve-layer cake. It was a labor of love, but she always made one for Christmas and for her son’s birthday. Thelma loved to travel with her friends and family, spending time with her grandsons, working in her garden, and attending church service with Ben. She collected Longaberger baskets and was a huge Elvis Presley fan. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Bulah Sprouse, Chellie Polonitza, and Ruby Scruggs; her brothers Ferrell Shifflett, Edward Shifflett, Randell Shiflett, and Sherman Shifflett; and her stepdaughter Terry Baker. She is survived by her husband, Ben Widener; son, Scott Widener; daughter-in-law, Anne Widener; grandsons, Stuart and Mack Widener; her brother, Ralph Shiflett; her sisters Nancy Thomas and Linda Shifflett; her stepdaughter, Judy Brewer; grandchildren, Lee Baxter, Robert Baker , and Mandy Baker; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved her well. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The American Stroke Association or the Hospice of the Piedmont.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Widener family.