Betty Jane Williams, 95, passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2017, at Westminster Village's health care unit.
In tribute to the kindest and gentlest soul one could ever ask for in a mother. A woman possessing great strength of character, who battled physical challenges with courage and without complaint. We will miss our lengthy conversations where our dreams and aspirations were shared with a mother who always hoped the very best for us and took interest and pleasure in our lives.
Betty Jane Williams was born Jan. 27, 1922, in Yorktown, to Merle and Edith Swanger. Following graduation from high school, she married Robert "Bob" Lewis Williams on April 20, 1940, and was united until his passing in 2000, shortly before their 60th wedding anniversary. In those years together, they shared their employment as well as their leisure.
Betty worked as a clerk at the Daleville Post Office, where Bob was postmaster for 30 years. Four children were born to them: a son, Tommy, who died at birth; and three daughters, Jo, Jean and Sandy. Bob and Betty purchased a cottage on Beaver Dam Lake in northern Indiana in 1958 which provided years of enjoyment. Betty loved the peace of fishing with her husband and the entertainment of family and friends at the lake cottage. They joined Green Hills Country Club (Muncie) in 1964, becoming avid golfers.
Upon retirement Bob and Betty relocated to Florida, settling in the town of Clermont where they built a home within the community of Green Valley Country Club. Betty had the envious experience of having had two hole in ones at the ages of 77 and 79. Following Bob's passing she moved to Village Green Villas and over time rebuilt a life full of friends and activities. She loved playing bingo and cards including euchre, gin and Elks rum.
A 90th birthday party was thrown for Betty in 2012 with the theme of "Forever Young." Once again she was reunited with her elder sister; her three daughters; seven of her eight grandchildren; and numerous friends. Betty always said that family was what was most important to her. She lived independently in Florida until the age of 94 before moving back to Indiana in 2016 to be closer to her family.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Williams; and sisters, Kathleen Davis and Donna Sipe.
Left to feel her loss are daughters, Jo (Jim) Manwaring, Jean (Ed) Lowery and Sandy (Jim) Williams; grandchildren, Deron, Dayne and Derek Manwaring, Deneal Lewis, Jeff and Jeri Albea, and Matthew and Tyler Williams, as well as 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.
"Forever Young" was our mother,
with a life so rich and full.
The unity of our family
is now no longer whole.
O for the love of our mother,
how can your passing be?
Released from your aged body,
God has set you free . . .
Published on December 18, 2017