Bette Mae Williams
Bette Mae Williams, 87, a self- proclaimed people person, joined her Savior in eternal life Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at her home at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Sturgeon Bay.
The day Bette was born, Nov. 6, 1920, her parents Eli and Norma (nee Sill) Stegmann were residing at the Door County Jail while Eli served as sheriff of Door County.
Betteís brothers Nor-man (Eleanor) and Karl (Winnie) Stegmann have proceeded her in death.
Bette was a popular gal in school and was selected by "Sailor" Bob Williams to be the prom queen.
She graduated from Milwau-kee State Teachers College and went on to teach kindergarten.
Sailor and The Queen were married June 19, 1943 in St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Valmy.
They lived in Sturgeon Bay and had three children, Nancy (Bill) Knop of Leesburg, Fla., Jim (Debi) Williams of New London and Mary (Nick Zakula) Williams of Sturgeon Bay.
Bette and Bob relocated to West Bend in 1965 when Amity Leather Co. closed its Sturgeon Bay plant.
They migrated back to Door County on weekends and vacations to spend time fishing and enjoying life at their Sugar Creek cottage.
Bette continued to stay in touch with her close friends in Sturgeon Bay through her insatiable thirst for bridge. She carried a deck of cards in every purse always anticipating a foursome.
Her love for bridge opened many social doors in West Bend. She taught the game to hundreds of "newcomers" and became established as a serious competitor to the more seasoned players.
Bette was also involved with the activities of the Ladies Guild at St. Johnís Lutheran Church. She volunteered at the polling booths and at the West Bend Hospital.
When Bette put the cards away she occupied her hands with knitting sweaters and afghans. She joined her friends in quilting clubs and donated many baby quilts to the hospitals and missions.
Bette and Bob moved back to Sturgeon Bay and became very comfortable at Big Hill Senior Living Apartments.
Bob died at home in 2004.
Bette moved to Whispering Pines and was cared for by loving hands of the staff.
Again, she made new friends and kept in touch with her original card club girls.
She co-hosted a "cousinsí party" in June 2007 bringing together her family and had the time of her life, still the queen of the ball.
The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church welcomed her into their congregation and will celebrate her life with a memorial service on Saturday, May 3.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. with the funeral at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow in Bay-side Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be given for the building fund at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
The Huehns Funeral Home, Sturgeon Bay, is assisting the family.
Bette will be remembered by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and all those cousins for her philosophy, "Itís not so serious."