DAYTON, OHIO CHAPTER

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Our Mission Statement: We serve to empower widows to “lean into life,” build resilience and release their potential to make a positive difference in the world.

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 husbands’ 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 husband she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she can use 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 Leaders

Chapter Leader: Terry D.

I am a lifelong resident of the Miami Valley (Dayton Ohio area), born and raised here.  I’m the 2nd oldest of nine siblings.  Married for 53 years, widowed April 28, 2018 and have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. One of the best achievements in my life is the success of my children. Two sons, my daughter and grandson are Marine Vets, a grandson graduating from West Point this year. All three son’s own businesses and my daughter is a nurse who is a coordinator for several nursing homes in the Pittsburgh area.  I owned a cleaning business, “Dabbelt’s Janitorial Inc.” for 12 years and now one of my sons is the owner and is a barber who owns Normandy Barber shop. My youngest son is the owner of 3 Granite Transformations franchises and my oldest is an independent carpenter. I was children’s director for Christ Life Church for 5 years and still am very involved in this Church now called Lifepointe. I have been a Realtor for 18 years and love working with buyers and sellers.

After becoming a widow, I began looking for something to help me resume living again.  I began searching for a widow’s support groups.  I could only find grief counseling in my area. I wanted something more and came across Modern Widows Club. I listened to Carolyn podcast and said to myself, this is what I need.  After contacting them I found that there weren’t any chapters near me.  I felt a call in my spirit to look into starting a group in the Dayton, Ohio area, and after several interviews, I was invited to go to the Leadership conference in Nashville.  I would say that it was love at first sight.  The widows there were amazing.  So much love and devotion from all of them.  Although I am in the beginning stages of starting my group, I have a heart to touch other widows in my area and help them be resilient and contribute to society.

Chapter Leader: Jenny S.

My name is Jenny. I married my high school sweetheart at 21. We have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. We were married 36 years and my husband was at training for his job in Columbus when he had a massive heart attack and passed away. It has been a real struggle, but with awesome friends and family, this terrible event in my life has been manageable. 
After a few years, I decided to try, online dating. After numerous scammers and a lot of questionable men, I met an awesome man.  We dated for about 6 months and got married. I definitely have a heart for widows and hope to be able to support them in any way possible.