Lauren R. Widner
Lauren Rae Widner (known as Laurie), age 66, of Sheridan, WY, passed away December 1st, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Edith Widner. She is survived by her sisters Julie(Andy) Martin of Waxahachie, TX; and Jana (Carl) Clements of Sheridan, WY; her brothers Roger (Debe) Widner of Minneapolis, MN; Steven (Judy) Widner of Sioux Falls, SD; Brian (Laurel) Widner of Omaha, NEand Patrick (Holly) Widner of Golden, CO.She was especially fond of all of her nieces and nephews and the grandbabies in the family. She was a Captain in the U.S. Army as a reservist from 1976-1980 and active duty from June 1980 to July 1990.During Laurie’s tour of duty, she was stationed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI; Fort Dix, NJ; San Antonio, TX; the 121 Evac Hospital in Seoul, Korea; and William Beaumont Center in El Paso, TX.She received the US Navy Achievement Award while stationed in Seoul, Korea for her work transporting critically ill dependents of military families from Korea to the U.S. Laurie kept critically ill children alive until they could get the care they needed from highly specialized hospitals in the United States.Upon retiring from the Army, Laurie received a Fellowship Residency Award that took her to the University of Florida in Gainesville from 1990 to 1993. During this time, her work on the use of amedication called “Surfactant” to save children who ingest petro chemicals resulted in a published paper for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and that she was asked to present to the American MedicalAssociation in New York City. She was also awarded a fellowship in Palo Alto, California. Laurie was forced to retire (due to her health) as a pediatrician intensivist in 2000 after private practice in Tulsa,Oklahoma. She was honored with a Quilt of Valor in September 2016 by the Sheridan County Quilt Guild.She was an avid quilter, reader, and friend to many. In her younger years, she LOVED to travel. She always had a beautiful genuine smile. She will be greatly missed. The family wishes to extend theirsincere thanks to those at Sheridan’s VA Medical Center who took such great care of her and all those veterans who answered the call to serve; the Sheridan Quilt Guild who welcomed her and gave her yourfriendship; The Hub for their wonderful care of seniors and enabling them to stay in their homes. Special thanks to Dayna.Laurie will join her parents in the family’s beloved Black Hills at the National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would ask that you support a veteran’s charity such as Wounded Warrior Project or Tunnel2Towers; or a Children’s Charity such as the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, CO, or Children’s Miracle Network.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.