Pamela Rose Wideman

June 29, 1957 – Oct. 6, 2019

TOPEKA — Pamela Rose Wideman, Carbondale, went to be with the Lord, Sunday Oct. 6, 2019, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. She was 62.

She was born Saturday, June 29, 1957, to Florence Disney and Edward Ferry at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka. She grew up in Topeka with her mom and younger brother, Charlie.

She enjoyed growing up very close to her Grandma Disney and extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins, especially her aunt, Sarah, who was only 12 years older than her.

She attended Highland Park schools until Fall 1973. She attended Shawnee Heights in 11th and 12th grade and graduated in May 1975.

The summer prior to her senior year, she met the love of her life, Warren Wideman, while they were both working at a bakery/donut shop. By the end of the year, the two love birds were engaged. She had all the credits she needed to graduate in May by the end of December, so the two were married Feb. 3, 1975.

The two moved to Wichita after graduation, then after a few years moved back to Topeka. In 1979, they bought their first house in Carbondale, where they settled down and raised a family.

She worked as a waitress in the first part of their marriage until she started her own home daycare, which was named Over the Rainbow Daycare at one point. She spent over 20 years as a daycare provider helping raise children, with some becoming like family. Due to back problems, she could no longer take care of babies.

She began a new career as a paraprofessional for the Santa Fe Trail district or Three Lakes Cooperative. Once her daycare children were old enough, she retired as a daycare provider. She continued as a paraprofessional for SFT until retiring in August 2019.

She loved reading books, listening to music, putting puzzles together, playing games of all kinds, especially with family and creating art, especially drawing and painting. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was raised in a Christian home where they attended University United Methodist Church and Highland Baptist Church, Topeka, during her childhood. Her faith was very important to her. Soon after moving to Carbondale, her and her family began attending Grace Chapel, who became like a second family.

She is survived by three children, Nicholas Wideman, Lawrence, Holly Gudenkauf and husband, Ron, Dawson, Neb., and Heather Metcalfe, Topeka; four grandchildren; a brother, Charlie Ferry, Topeka; three nephews; an aunt, Sarah Baker and husband, Francis, Buena Vista, Colo.; two uncles, Lenard Disney and wife, Sue, Indianapolis, Ind., and Lavern Disney and wife, Deb, Grand Prairie, Texas; and 10 cousins.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 with a short visitation starting at 10 a.m. at Grace Chapel, Carbondale. Burial will follow at Carbondale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Chapel or American Cancer Society and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

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