JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Margina Widener, 74, is retired now and she loves her family.
Widener also loved her Bengie.
"Being married to him was like what i thought marriage should always be like," she said.
Widener and Bengie had been married a little over a decade when doctors diagnosed him with cancer.
Ten months later, Bengie died. Widener was devastated. But she said in his death, she found life.
"He taught me how to live. That's why I started a grief share at our church. I want to show others you can live and God left you here for a reason if he took someone so close to you. Then there's a plan for you that didn't include that person," she said.
A belief that would be tested when cancer took her 48-year-old daughter Janet a few years later.
"I said 'why Lord' when my daughter had three children that needed her."
But Widener never lost faith.
"God gives you the strength when its needed if you just trust him. And I'm trying to show them that you can get through it. You get strong enough that you can help others and when you go through these things, when you been through them you know how to help others," she said.
In addition to being a grief counselor at Fort Caroline Baptist Church, Widener also sows pillow cases, tote bags and blankets for the kids at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
"Here I have the smaller ones for the babies and the surgery caps, they love them being very colorful," she said. "When you can sow and you can bring joy to somebody else, it's just such a pleasure."
Margina Widener is our "Hero Next Door."
"I just want to make people happy. Have a reason to live and know that you can live and love life. As long as you're on this earth, you can live and there's a reason for you being here. And you need to find it and you can."
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