Betty Williams passed away Jan. 27, 2018, at the age of 91.
She grew up in Marion, Iowa, graduating from Marion High School in 1944. Her first job was in the Killian's Tea Room in downtown Cedar Rapids, where she worked alongside two of her sisters. Betty married the love of her life, Guy Williams, when he returned from service in World War II. She and Guy gave their children the life Betty could only dream of as a child. Betty always was happiest at home. For many years, she ran a day care within her home, treating all of the children as if they were her own.
When she wasn't working, she relished entertaining, preparing dinners that overflowed with far more food than all could eat. These meals always were served on her china, one of her prized possessions. Besides being an amazing cook, she excelled at baking. She made pies with the flakiest of crusts, baked breads and doughnuts, croissants and cream puffs. Learning to sew, Betty made her daughter's clothes, her husband's sport coats, and pleated, lined draperies for their home. She also constructed all kinds of stuffed dolls and toys that she gave away to every child she knew. She took cake decorating classes and, for many years, provided wedding, graduation, birthday, and holiday cakes for family and friends.
Above all, family was the most important thing to Betty. She dearly loved each of her brothers and sisters and cherished her children. Betty will be greatly missed for her feisty spirit, her laughter and her generosity.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Edward and Theresa Corum; and siblings, Lester Boner, Ida Mae Goyer and Veronica McGee.
Left to cherish Betty's memories are her children, Guy Williams Jr. (Marlene), Susan Benton (Mike) and Brett Williams; grandchildren, Carmen Covington (Brad), Angela Phillips (Aaron), Adam Benton (Melissa) and Natalie Taylor (Jason); and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings, Leona Morris, Stanley Corum, Richard Corum (Phyllis), Howard Corum and Nancy Gruwell (Gary).
A visitation in Betty's honor will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. A committal service will immediately follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Any memorials in Betty's honor may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.