Obituary: Loais Williams

Loais Beatrice (Ball) Williams moved to heaven on Oct. 25, 2014.  She was living in San Angelo at the time of death.  Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 at New Song Christian Fellowship Church in Brady, with burial to follow in Resthaven Cemetery.

The tenth of 10 children, she was born Feb. 9, 1925 in Gordon, Texas to Claude T. and Della (Oden) Ball. She grew up in Ranger and Aspermont , Texas, graduating from Aspermont High School in 1942. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Fort Worth, where she worked as a “Rosie Riveter” on various war airplanes at Carswell AFB. In 1943, she was accepted into a new program, the Nurse Cadet Corps, and began her training at John Peter Smith School of Nursing. She married Taliaferro Stephen Williams, of Waco on, July 31, 1946, shortly before graduating from nursing school as an RN in early 1947. Mr. Williams preceded her in death in 2010. She continued her nursing career through 1971 as a surgical nurse in various hospitals, primarily in El Paso. The final 20 years of her nursing occupation were spent as a school nurse in Van Horn.

She then retired in 1994 to Brady. She was a Christian, with her favorite pastimes being reading her Bible and sharing Jesus with others. She was also an excellent seamstress and made many of her daughters’ and granddaughters’ dresses as they were growing up.  She made amazing caramel candy during the holidays, and fortunately, passed the recipe to her daughters and granddaughters. Ms. Williams is survived by four children: daughter Stephanie Allen of San Angelo; son Kim Williams and wife Sherri, of Garland, Texas; daughter Tracey Kiesling and husband Donald of Brady; daughter Molly Criner and husband Terry of Mertzon, Texas.

Survivors also include eight grandchildren: grandson Trait Thompson and wife Sara of OKC; Grandson Ty Thompson and wife Stacie of Chicago; grandson Jeremy Williams of Carrolton, Texas; granddaughter Angela Williams of Plano, Tex., granddaughter Kelli Sullenger and husband Gunnar of San Angelo; granddaughter Sara Terral and husband Wyatt, of Mertzon; granddaughter Penny Criner and grandson Jonathan Criner of Mertzon, step-grandchildren Katherine Pearce and husband, Kevin of San Angelo; Kayla Heckman and husband Michael of Pennsylvania. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren: Cale Thompson and Lilah Thompson of OKC; Vaughn Thompson of Chicago, Athena Williams of Carrollton; four step great-grandchildren Landon and Owen Pearce of San Angelo and Jordyn and Austin Heckman of Pennsylvania; also many nieces and nephews. All of her siblings preceded her in death.