Ellen L. Williams

February 05, 1932 ‒ July 21, 2008

Wheeling, West Virginia

Ellen L. Williams, 76, of Galion, died Sunday, July 20, 2008 at Village Care Center in Galion, after declining health the last four years.

Born Feb. 5, 1932 in Wheeling, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Clarence Carl Briese and E. Luella Smith Briese. She married Richard L. Williams on June 19, 1954 and he survives.

She was a graduate of Tridelphia High School in 1950 and West Virginia University in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and belonged to Delta Gamma Sorority. Ellen was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church in Galion where she served as a deacon for six years from 1990 to 1995 and as Moderator of Deacons for four years 1991 to 1994, was flower chairperson in 1987, an associate member of First Presbyterian Women’s Association and was Covenant Partner to Communicant Students in 1995 and 1996. Ellen loved to play Bridge and played in four different groups. Her special interests were her grandchildren, traveling, golfing, bowling and gardening. Ellen was very loving, kind and soft spoken.

She retired in 1987 from Galion City Schools where she taught third grade at Wilma Crall Elementary School for 19 years. Prior to that Ellen was a substitute teacher in Silver Bay, Minn., while her husband was stationed there in the Air Force, later teaching in Marion, for one year in 1967. While in Marion, she belonged to the Toastmasters Club and served as President of the Child Conservation League. Her professional affiliations were with the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

She is survived by three children and their spouses, Mark and Carolee Williams and their children, Paul and Brian, all of Springfield, Beth Ann and Dave Decker and their son, Greg, all of Galion and Tom and Jan Williams and their children, Kelley, Tommy and Katy, all of Westerville.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lois Mae Frew.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church in Galion, with Pastor Julie Fogle officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 240 S. Market Street, Galion, OH 44833.