Edna Widen Whitworth

  • Born: December 30, 1922
  • Died: December 27, 2018
  • Location: Austin, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North

3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78705

Tel. (512) 452-8811

Tribute & Message From The Family

Edna Widen Whitworth passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. She was a lifetime resident of Austin, born the middle daughter of Edna and Carl Widen on December 30, 1922 two blocks from the Texas State Capitol in a house that still stands.

Edna attended Pease Elementary, Allen Junior High and Stephen F. Austin High School before attending Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, then transferring to and graduating from The University of Texas at Austin.

On August 23, 1943, she married Harry Philip Whitworth before he went to WWII as an officer in the US Navy. Edna was the mother of four children, Harry Philip "Flip" Whitworth Jr. (Suzie), Gary Widen Whitworth, Ann Whitworth Messer (Bill) and Julie Whitworth Moore (Roy). She is survived by six grandchildren, Scott Whitworth (Lisle), Ashley Stich (Mark), Will Messer (Brooke), Andrew Messer, JuliAnn Nixon and Megan Moore. She had five great grandchildren, Rhett Whitworth, Wesley Whitworth, William Messer, Macon Messer and Emma Lathi.

A fabulous cook, Edna will be remembered for hosting countless dinners at her home. As a life master in bridge and as a Charles Goren certified bridge teacher, she enjoyed a lifetime of competitive and social bridge games. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and countless friends and family of all ages.

The family would like to thank her caregivers for their love and compassion. The family will host a celebration of her life on January 6 and there will be a private family burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Edna's memory to the Andrew Philip Messer Lectureship. Mail checks to BSW Central Texas Foundation, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76508.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Edna was a steadfast friend of my mother Jo Bennett, and later became my treasured confidant and patient listener when I needed a kind shoulder and savvy advice. We always shared much laughter, as Edna had a keen and droll sense of humor. She was one of the last Old Guard Grand Dames of Austin, who's gracious home and table of delicious foods were shared with us all. What a fine legacy she leaves with her much adored family, as they have been truly blessed by her loving and everlasting spirit. God certainly broke the mold when He made you dear Edna !! Brooks & Richard Nordenberg, Tucson,AZ

Posted by Brooks Nordenberg - Tucson, AZ - Family Friend   November 03, 2019

Your mother was full of joy and grace. Sending you much love. Sherrie

Posted by Sherrie English - Austin, TX   January 05, 2019

The Whitworth Family is in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings from the Braziels

Posted by Kay Braziel - Austin, TX - Family Friend   January 04, 2019

Flip, Ann and Julie:

Will always remember fun times growing up and spending time at the Whitworth's home. Edna put up with
a lot. Always kind and supportive of each of us. So many great memories and your family played a large part. May The Lord be with you.. We celebrate a wonderful life.

Posted by JAMES GEARY - JACKSON, MS - Family Friend   January 03, 2019

Edna Whitworth was a lovely, gracious, and talented woman. I had the great fun of having played poker with her when I was a young married and then again many years later in her poker club. She was an excellent card player with always that gentle and warm smile - - - and the lunches she served were always delicious beyond compare. She truly enriched my life.

Posted by Barbara Leonard Smith - Austin, TX - Friend   January 03, 2019

So very sad to learn of Mrs. Whitworth's death. My condolences to the entire family.

Posted by Page Foshee - Austin, TX - Family Friend   December 30, 2018

I remember how welcoming to us your parents were when we moved next door on Foothill Terrace in 1971. They continued being friendly, even inviting us to their ranch. I'm sure Edna will be sorely missed. (I still live next door!)

Posted by Leslie Cohen - Austin, TX - Neighbor   December 30, 2018

My heartfelt condolences to Flip, Ann, and Julie and all of their families. I feel so blessed to have known the charm and wit of Edna. Prayers for you all during this difficult time of loss. Cindy M.

Posted by Cindy Morphew - TX - Family Friend   December 30, 2018

Very sorry for your loss

Posted by Doug Connolly jdc@reagan.com - Spicewood, TX - Family Friend   December 30, 2018

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