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Joy Virginia Widel

11/07/1927 - 11/17/2022


Obituary For Joy Virginia Widel

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Joy Virginia Widel, 95, of Sedalia, MO, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia. She was born on November 7, 1927, at the old Widel home place near Blackwater, MO, the daughter of AR Widel and Kathryn V. (Boulware) Widel, who preceded her in death.

After her schooling, she worked in Boonville for a short while, then moved to Columbia and worked for Stephens College Travel Department. In May of 1955, she felt the call to give her life in the ministry of the faith Jesus taught when He lived and walked on the earth, recorded in the New Testament and which she had whole heartily embraced several years before. Joy greatly appreciated the privilege of 55 years in the ministry in Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas and returned to Missouri to be near her frail aged Mother. Because of health, Joy was unable to continue to be active in the ministry. She moved to Redbud Canyon Assisted Living near Guthrie, OK, in May 2011. She lived there for ten years and greatly enjoyed Bible Studies, sewing, gardening, flowers, and other activities there. Joy moved back to be with her brother in Boonville, MO. Most recently, she moved to Sedalia and resided at Sylvia Thompson Residence Center.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Mildred Widel, of Sedalia and Barbara Widel, of Boonville, MO; nephews, Ron Widel, of Ozark, MO, Randy Widel (Nancy) of Boonville, Jim Widel (Tina) of Indianapolis, IN, Dennis Widel (Marcia) of Washington, AR, and Roger Widel, of Nelson, MO; nieces, Renita Silvers (Ron) of Sedalia, Sandra Schibi (Rick) of Sedalia, Beverly Arth of Boonville, MO, and Elizabeth Widel, of Blackwater, MO; many great nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Raymond and Clarence Widel, nephew Bob Widel, great niece Olivia Widel, and great-great nephew Elijah Sitton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Rea Funeral Chapel with Craig Winquist, George Peterson, and Bertha Magsam officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

Burial will be at the Old Lamine Cemetery, Blackwater, MO.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Segar, Shawn Widel, Ryan Widel, Brent Schibi, Aron Widel, Carter Widel, Clayton Widel, and Anthony Widel.

Honorary bearers will be Glenn and Shirley Spunaugle, Dan and Sheryl Kaler, and The Residents of Redbud Canyon, Guthrie, OK.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rea Funeral Chapel.


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22 Nov

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  • 11/21/2022

    Hope you feel the love of others around you, especially now. With Heart felt Sympathy Carl & Rosalee Murray

  • 11/19/2022

    Sweet Joy, many great memories of her love and compassion for all. Love and prayers to you all ❤️

  • 11/18/2022

    Joy was a strong influence in my life. I will remember our time spent in Oklahoma. She was with my sister Marsha in the work and we all shared a a special time at preps with her wonderful smile and cheer.

  • 11/18/2022

    I am so glad Joy could go on from here to her eternal rest. I have many fond memories of many days she spent on our home in Joplin.

  • 11/17/2022

    Our loving condolences to the Widel family in the passing of our dear Joy. We did not know her so well, but her spirit was very comforting and caring for our souls. We appreciate the beauty and usefulness God can create in a fully yielded life. Our love, Byron & Debi Potter and family

  • 11/17/2022

    My deepest thoughts and prayers to the family. Sorry for your loss. Beth Wahlbrink Howerton, Brunswick, Mo.

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