Fort Smith Community and Support Group for Widows

Our Mission for Widows

We serve to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society.

Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey.

We are the club no one wants to be in because you only get in by virtue of experiencing a great loss. Yet what I hope you find once you’re here is that you’re surrounded by a community of really amazing women that you can lean on and learn from. We’re widows helping widows to live- to go upward and onward. Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh. We talk about how to tackle challenges without our partners’ help and cheer each other on. We often share food as we do this, because who doesn’t like to eat?

When a woman loses her loved one she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she will benefit from other women in her life who understand the unique challenges she is now faced with. She needs women who will build her up and encourage her in this new life she walks. We are stronger together. No woman is an island. We need each other.

Meet Our Community Advocate

Gail O.

Gail was married to her wonderful husband and best friend, Larry, for 47 years. Together they were blessed with three beautiful daughters, their spouses, and three perfect grandchildren. Larry was diagnosed with lung cancer at the end of October in 2018, and he passed away surrounded by his wife and daughters in April 2019. Just three weeks later, Gail’s mother passed away at the age of 96. Using her faith, she is choosing to navigate through her grief by helping others. Gail is honored to give back through MWC with the encouragement, support, and friendship of other widows and for them to have someone to walk their journey with.

Gail has worked at church for the last 29 years. It is the same church that she grew up in, she and Larry married in, and where they chose to raise their daughters. She has volunteered countless hours over the years at church, in the community, and mentoring children in the local public school system (something that was so special to Larry). Gail and Larry raised their daughters with the motto of “It is not about what happens to you but what you do with it to help others.” That is exactly what she is doing now, and she is looking forward to helping others in the Modern Widows Club.