Lillian Williams

Lillian Williams

Lillian Williams

Lillian Nelson Williams, 91, passed away Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Grace Baptist Church of Vermillion with Rev. Buck Hill officiating. Visitation was held one hour prior.

A committal service tool place following the service at Danish Lutheran Cemetery in rural Gayville.

Lillian was born on Nov. 15, 1921, in Meckling, to Anton and Sena Nelson. She grew up on a farm in the Meckling area, attending rural Lincoln country school.

In 1948 she moved to Vermillion, spending 22 years on the Sorensen farm helping Harry raise five children to adulthood. In the 1970s she moved to Missouri and later to Texas where she met and married C. Howard Williams, a retired railroad worker, on April 11, 1987. She lived in his hometown until his death on Sept. 9, 1996. She moved back to Vermillion in November of 1996 where she continued the art of crocheting, keeping everyone in doilies and encouraging the kids to stay the course in the journey of life. She was an excellent cook, making many meals at a local fraternity. The church was very important to her. She was a member of the Island Birthday Club and the Grace Baptist Church.

She is survived by her foster children, Arlis Johnson, Nels Sorensen and Karen Prusa, all of Vermillion, and Marilyn Trudeau of Sturgis; her step-son, Bill Waters of Council Bluffs, IA; her step-daughter-in-law, Cleo Eickhoff of Hartington, NE; her sister-in-law, Irene Nelson of Gregory; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Williams; her infant son, Eugene; her sisters, Margaret Jensen, Metha Hanson, and Clara Jensen; and her brothers, Randolph, Sabroe, Nels and Woodrow Nelson; her foster daughter, Norma Jean Mockler; her step-sons, Ray Waters and Jim Waters; and her step-daughter, Norma Jean McFate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church or Vermillion Hospice.

Services have been entrusted to Kober Funeral Home of Vermillion.

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