Lafon, Janice Tucker Widrig
Janice Carolyn Tucker Widrig Lafon, age 79, of Blacksburg, Virginia, went to Glory on Sunday, March 7, 2021, and is dancing with the Angels in Heaven.
Jan was born in Detroit Michigan on March 21, 1941, to her parents Gerald & Laverne Tucker. Her brothers include Jerry Tucker, Ronald Tucker and Ted Tucker. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Richard and Tom Tucker.
Jan was 56 years young when her youngest started college. Jan was the 2nd Female Paramedic in the state of Virginia. She started running at age 47. Started biking and biked the coast of California at age 60. Started Ballroom Dancing at the age of 68 and danced for 10 years. Jan received her Nursing Degree from Wytheville Community College and had worked caring for and loving each patient over her long nursing career of 39 years. A patient she cared for over 20 years ago stated, “I may have only got to meet Jan once but she sure did leave a great lasting impression on me. I’ve been in all of our local hospitals and Lewis Gale multiple times over the last 20 years when my illnesses first started. I’ve had so many nurses but there’s only a handful that I can remember, and she is one of them.” She studied and became a Nurse while raising six children. Jan’s Nursing career led her to caring for patients at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, West Virginia, and Lewis Gale Hospital, Salem, Virginia. Her compassion for people was one of her best gifts. She cared for her patients and worked full-time right up until she retired at age 78 and never missed a step. She could out work nurses who were half her age! She also had a great love for politics and had a great knowledge of America’s political landscape.
Her children and grandchildren were her life.
Sadly, Jan was preceded in death by her son Dan Widrig and grandson, Reagan Widrig.
Her children include son Scott Widrig & wife, Annette, daughter Jerie Anne Whitehead and husband, Jeff, son Jamie Widrig, son Chris Widrig & Amanda Musick, and son, B.J. Lafon & wife, Nicole.
Jan’s pride and joy are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren:
Her Grandchildren are Sarah Vaught and husband Dale, Wes Widrig and wife Kim, Kiva Troise and husband, Joe, Grant Widrig, Joseph Widrig, Cody Whitehead and wife, Chelsea, Levi Whitehead and wife Kelsey, Autumn Snider and husband Logan, Journey Widrig, Jordan Widrig and wife Kaitlyn, Savannah Poff and husband Andy, Tristian Widrig, Emma Sullivan, Micaiah Widrig & Paul Osborne, and Penelope, Genevieve & Cleo Lafon
Her Great-Grandchildren are Olivia Vaught, Mya Gustafson, Landon, Laithan and Selah Lankford, Octavia, Charlie and Daniel Widrig, Julia Whitehead, and Hallie Snider
Large family gatherings at her home brought a smile to her face like nothing else, and summer beach trips were her specialty. The more people the merrier! She had hoped to make at least one more trip to the Outer Banks this summer. God had another plan.
She made us promise to carry her ashes to the beach to be near her son, Dan. We have promised to take her there where Dan will be waiting.
Describing Nana Jan Lafon is done best by Granddaughter, Kiva who said, “I can’t imagine a world without her in it, I don’t know what I’m going to do without her” and Grandson, Cody “We lost our foundation, our CEO, our chief, our leader, our best friend, our everything. She was the rock we all stood firm on. She loved us harder than humanly possible. She was everything for all of us. I hope she’s dancing in heaven right now.” Son B.J. said “Mom has her Angel wings now and is watching over all of us!”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: a GoFundMe: “One Last Gift of a Mother’s Love for Her Son”
Due to the pandemic and Covid Restrictions a private family service will be held.
Friends may attend a Zoom Cast service at the following link on 3/27/21 at 1:00 pm. After the service the family will also be live on ZOOM at 5:00 pm to share stories about their hero. Please join at the link below for her service at 1:00 pm or share your story with the family at 5:00 pm.
Meeting ID: 894 9715 4571
The family would love and request those that are willing to share stories or memories of Jan in the virtual guest book on the funeral home page as well. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.
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