Jo Ann Widner

April 19, 1934 - May 20, 2022

Jo Ann Widner, 88, of Beaumont, died Friday, May 20, 2022, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. She was born on April 19, 1934, to Verline L. McCowen Burford and Willie Jerome Burford, in Beaumont.

Jo Ann enjoyed puzzles, crafts, junking for treasures, roller-skating, bowling, ice skating, snowtubing, and Elvis. She was very good at singing, playing piano, and drawing. Jo Ann was known to throw raw eggs at Bret and Drew at Easter. She was the best mom and always had a smile on her face.

Survivors include her sons, Richard W. Haley and Joel S. Haley, both of Lumberton and Lee A. Widner of Beaumont; daughters, Beth A. Howland of Kountze and Amy K. Widner of Vidor; grandchildren, Edward Wayne Haley of Lumberton, Bret L. Howland of Warren, Drew T. Widner of Beaumont, and Baylee A. Norsworthy of Silsbee; and great-grandchildren, Edward W. Haley II, Alexis G. Haley, and Crocket G. Howland.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Therman Wayne Haley and Fred W. Widner, Jr.

A gathering of Mrs. Widner’s family and friends will begin at 10:30 a.m., with her graveside service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Magnolia Cemetery, 2291 Pine Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the International Essential Tremor Foundation, P.O. Box 14005, Lenexa, Kansas 66285-4005 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 6055 South Loop East. Houston, Texas 77087.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • May 26, 2022
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Graveside Service

Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • May 26, 2022
  • 11:00 am

Comments (4)

    Ellen Rienstra says:

    I always looked up to Jo Ann with awe. As Judy said, she was such a beautiful, joyful person, inside and out. I hadn’t seen her lately, but I’ll miss just knowing she was here. My love and heartfelt sympathies to all the Burford family, We love you all!

    Judith W Linsley says:

    What a smile Jo Ann had! One of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known, inside and out. The whole Burford clan, and everyone who ever knew her, will feel the loss.
    Love to all you Burfords,
    Judy Walker Linsley

    Beth Howland says:

    Judy, thank you for the kind words, Mom always had a smile on her, I will dearly miss her every day. She was my world.

    Christy Rushing says:

    Joann was one-of the sweetest people on this earth! I will always miss her and think of her fondly. We had some of the best times we shared lots of fun and memories! She was one of my very best friends. May you dance and sing in heaven,and bask in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ! Rest In Peace. Amen(let it be)

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