Wife attends Super Bowl to honor late husband
February 6, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
‘This one’s for you, Denny’
Newcastle Shell station owner, and avid Seattle Seahawks fan, Elizabeth Widseth knew this football season was going to be special.
She knew it long before Russell Wilson took the first snap of the season; long before the Hawks earned a 13-3 record; and long before the victorious team boarded its plane back to Seattle, Lombardi Trophy in hand.
Widseth knew good things were in store for the Hawks, when she looked at the calendar and noticed that the Super Bowl was Feb. 2, exactly a year after her husband, popular Newcastle Shell owner Dennis Yarnell, died.
“I knew this was going to be a magical season led by Dennis,” she said. “We all knew that they were going to win for Dennis and he was coaching them from up there.”
Just days before she departed for the East Coast, where she fulfilled the couple’s dream of watching the Super Bowl in person, Widseth said she was filled with a mix of emotions.
“It’s sad because Dennis isn’t with me, but yet I’m so happy,” she said. “I know he would want me there.”
Yarnell, 33, died in a car accident. It was a loss felt across the community, as mourners remembered the man who went above and beyond in his care for his customers and their cars.
His presence was so important in the city that the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce changed the name of its Diamond Award that is given to the community’s most inspirational person to the Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award.
Widseth and the couple’s son Trevor accepted the first award at the November Diamond Awards ceremony.
“It’s nice to keep his story out there, and that’s what means the most to me,” Widseth said. “I want his son to know how important his dad was.”
Widseth, a Seahawks season ticket holder, departed for New Jersey on Jan. 31 and attended the game with her best friend.
Though Yarnell wasn’t there with her physically, Widseth said she knew he would be there in spirit. In any case, Widseth promised to cheer on the Seahawks for the both of them.
“I am a little spiritual and I do feel like he’s my little angel,” she said.