Aug. 31, 1921-Aug. 17, 2013
RUSSELL - Services for Jeanette Williams, 91, of Marshall, formerly of Russell, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace First Parish Church in Russell. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Grace First Parish Church in Russell. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Russell City Cemetery. Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler.
Jeanette died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center.
Jeanette Evelyn Williams was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Russell to Joseph and Carrie Augusta (Nelson) Peterson. She grew up on the family farm a mile west of Russell, attending school in Russell. On Jan. 11, 1939, Jeanette married Alfred Williams in Brookings, S.D. Their union was blessed with seven children and 40 years of life together. Except for a year living near Milroy, the couple farmed near Russell, purchasing the home place in 1947. In March 1964, Jeanette went to work for Lyon County Social Services. She was the first homemaker hired on a pilot program in the state of Minnesota, and eventually became a supervisor over a three-county area. Alfred died Feb. 20, 1979, and Jeanette built and moved into a new home in Russell. She retired in 1984. In retirement, she volunteered many years at the hospital Thrift Store in Marshall. After losing her house to fire in 2009, she moved to Boulder Estates in Marshall.
Jeanette was a member First Presbyterian Church, now Grace First Parish, in Russell. She had served as an elder, a member of Presbyterian Women's Association, and a Sunday school teacher. Her interests included quilting, gardening, playing cards, bowling and embroidery. She traveled on numerous bus tours and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Jeanette is lovingly remembered by her children, Marian (and Wayne) Livingston of Russell, Marlo (and Cece) Williams of Russell, Arden (and Aloa) Williams of Russell, Richard (and Melanie) Williams of Russell, Karen (and Darrel) Johnson of Balaton, Michael (and Arlene) Williams of Russell, and Steven (and Elise) Williams of Russell; 22 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Loyal Peterson of Mesa, Ariz.; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; grandsons Mark and Chad; her parents; six brothers; and one sister.
Blessed be her memory.