The Obituary for Mrs. Jean Marie Smith Weidner (Lee County)


Jean Marie (Smith) Weidner, 94, of Morningside of Auburn died Sunday at the facility following a brief illness.

Born Feb. 7, 1926 in Toronto, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Margaret and A.N. Smith. She was raised in Elyria, Ohio. Jean graduated from Elyria High School and Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and served as president her senior year. She taught speech and English in the Pontiac (Mich.) schools before returning to Bowling Green for graduate studies in speech pathology and audiology.

It was during graduate school she met the love of her life, Bill Weidner, who had returned to college following World War II and also was studying speech pathology and audiology. The two were married Aug. 19, 1950, and spent more than 60 wonderful years together. After they were married, Jean and Bill spent seven years in Mansfield, Ohio, before moving to Kent, Ohio, in 1957. Jean worked as a speech pathologist in the Tallmadge, Ohio, schools and was active in the Kent State University faculty wives organization and was an advisor to the KSU chapter of Delta Gamma.

In 1979, they moved to Auburn after Bill became director of Auburn University’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Jean was active for many years in the Joel McDavid Sunday School Class and various circles at the Auburn United Methodist Church. She was active in the AU Campus Club and the Auburn Pilot Club. She also enjoyed knitting, playing bridge and reading. She and Bill enjoyed frequent visits with the children and families.

Survivors include two daughters: Sandy Weidner Reeve and Beth Ann Weidner, both of Auburn; a son, Nolan (Karen) Weidner of Manlius, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Michael (Sarah) Weidner of Westport, Conn.; Daniel (Alyson Fox) Weidner of San Leandro, Calif.; and Alyssa Kondos of Fairview Heights, Ill.; and several great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, in 2011; a brother, Robert Smith; and a sister, Peggy Smith, who died in infancy.

The family wishes to thank the kind staff at Morningside of Auburn for an abundance of considerate and compassionate care over several years, particularly the past few months.

A memorial service is being planned for the spring at the Town Creek Cemetery columbarium.

Memorial contributions in Jean’s honor can be made to the AUMC Mercy Fund, P.O. Box 3135, Auburn, AL 36831.

Frederick-Dean Funeral Home of Opelika, AL is directing.