Betty M. Williams
May 2, 1916 – March 28, 2010
Betty M. Williams of Waukesha died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at AngelsGrace
Hospice at the age of 93. She was born May 2, 1916, in Waukesha, to Otto
and Florence (nee House) Schroeder.
Betty attended Union Grade School and Waukesha High School where she was
the secretary of the student body, sang in the choir, had an interest in
journalism and played tennis. She attended the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and was a member of the Delta, Delta, Delta sorority and
with her friend Dick Riblet, she established the Thimble Theatre (a
marionette theater). In her 40s, she received her teaching degree at
Carroll College, and then taught at Pleasant Hill, Whittier and Prairie
Betty enjoyed spending her summers at Buchner Pool, where she met her
husband, Lewis, who was a lifeguard there. They were married Sept. 27,
1936, and shared 73 wonderful years of marriage before his death Jan. 3,
She was a founding member of Southminster Presbyterian Church, where she
was active in the choir. Betty was a former member of First Presbyterian
Church, where she was a deacon and Sunday school teacher. In her
retirement, she was a teaching assistant and established the Mother Goose
collection of more than 600 volumes in the Carroll University Library. She
was an avid reader and a member of the Auxiliary at Avalon Square, where
she read to the residents of Arbor Manor. Betty loved the challenge of
academics, knitting, was a marvelous cook and was active in Girl Scouts
for both of her daughters. She was a member of Waukesha Service Club and
served on the board of directors for the Waukesha Public Library. She
enjoyed traveling for business and hunting and fishing trips to South
Dakota and Wyoming with Lew, and for pleasure with Sally. She was
especially proud of her audition for Jeopardy when she was in her 60s. She
will be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor.
She will be fondly missed by her daughters, Sally (George) Winkler of
LaGrange, Ill., and Judith Williams of Waukesha. She is further survived
by her daughter-in-law, Pam (Ken) Burnett of Jefferson; nine
grandchildren; 17 greatgrandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren; and
other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis E.; son, Lewis A.; and a
A memorial service will be planned for early summer.
Memorials may be made to the Library Fund at Carroll University, 100 N.
East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, for Betty’s Mother Goose book collection;
or Southminster Presbyterian Church, 200 Richard St., Waukesha, WI 53189.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and
Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to
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