Newcastle woman to honor late husband at Super Bowl



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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 12:59 AM

NEWCASTLE -- For years, Elizabeth Widseth and her husband Dennis Yarnell would sit and watch their beloved Seattle Seahawks take on the NFL's best.

This season, the tradition continued.  But Widseth was alone.

"I miss him a lot," explained Widseth, "But for some reason, he was taken from us.  Who knows why."

Widseth and Yarnell owned a Newcastle gas station together, fulfilling his lifelong dream.  Often, they would service the cars of Seahawks players, on their way to the team's practice facility in Renton.

Yarnell died in a car accident last February.

"You can't replace a guy like him," she said, "He was an inspiration.  I still look up to him for answers."

Since her husband's death, Widseth has continued going to Seahawks games.  She still has his 12th Man jersey and the plastic pouch he would keep his tickets in.

Thursday, she got her tickets for the Super Bowl, which happens to fall on the first anniversary of Yarnell's death.

"I remember when I found out the Super Bowl was February 2nd.  I said, 'This is going to be a magical season,'" she recalled, "'Dennis is going to make this happen and I'm going to go to the Super Bowl.'"

She acknowledged the trip to New York will be bittersweet.  However, she said, the best place to remember her husband is to be in the place both of them wanted to badly to be.

"I think he's happy I'm doing so well and kept everything going for him," said Widseth, "He would've wanted me to do this.  I know he would have."