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Delores Williams

Obituary for Delores Williams

September 1, 1936 - January 16, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 81


Myrtle Delores Williams passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 81.

Delores was born to Erma Violet Spain and Emil Ivan Spain on September 1, 1936, in Fay, Oklahoma. Delores loved school and received awards for attendance and excellent citizenship. She was in several school organizations and her high school choir. Delores graduated from Watonga High School in 1954, and then moved to Dallas, TX, where she worked for Sam P. Wallace Company and American Liberty Oil as an executive secretary. Delores was an excellent typist and editor. She loved to learn new things and tackle challenges. Advances like electric typewriters and eventually personal computers only increased her skills and enthusiasm. Delores loved working, making new friends and spending time with her girlfriends.

While in Dallas she met Raymond Francis Williams, Jr., of Overton, TX, and they were married on July 14, 1961. Delores enjoyed playing bridge and she and Ray regularly hosted bridge parties. They enjoyed being with friends and were even in a square dancing club. Delores continued to work and satisfied her love for learning by taking various college courses at night. She and Ray had two daughters, Shannon and Leslie, and lived in Richardson, TX.

In 1976, the family moved to Marshall, TX. Delores stayed home to devote more time to raising her daughters. She loved to garden, read and spend time with friends. Delores had grown up playing the piano and she loved to listen to music of all kinds. Most of all Delores loved Christmas! She handmade each family member a personalized felt applique stocking. Eventually, she made a tree skirt, Christmas cards holder and many more Christmas items, all with felt applique. Delores was a night owl and she would often stay up late into the night sewing on the beads and sequins to complete the projects. Delores and her family attended Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She and Ray quickly became fast friends and bridge buddies with the pastor and his wife. Delores had a kind heart and looked for ways to cheer up people. She was concerned for the sick and homebound missing the pastor's sermons on Sunday, so she would tape record the sermons each Sunday and stored them in the church library for people to checkout. Always eager to use her typing and editing skills, Delores worked diligently with her church pastor to edit his dissertation for his PhD. Delores always found great pleasure in helping others succeed in reaching their goals.

At age 51, Delores moved to Austin, Texas, to be closer to her grown daughters. In Austin, Delores worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for more than 15 years until her retirement in 2003. Again, she loved her job and all the people she worked with. They were never just co-workers to her; they were always friends. Delores also loved doing genealogical research. She made life-long friends while exchanging pictures, stories and research findings for thousands of mutual ancestors.

The greatest joy of Delores's life was her time spent as Nana with her 5 grandsons in Austin. Miller was born in 1996 to Shannon; Alec, Brandon, Kevin, triplets born to Leslie, and Garrett to Shannon, all in 1999. Delores was a true blessing to her daughters for all her help during these extremely busy years. No wonder she retired in 2003. Delores spent the next several years taking the grandsons places where they could run and play, feed the ducks and eat out at favorite restaurants. Energized by the creative possibilities of personal computers, she loved to make her grandsons birthday cards, name cards, Christmas gift labels, and stationary. She would include clip art to create silly scenarios with the boys. Delores loved to encourage her grandsons and spent many hours watching their school and church performances and admiring their school projects.

In 2014, Delores made the courageous decision to give up some of her treasured independence and move into assisted living. Since the beginning of email Delores loved to share funny jokes, inspiring stories and beautiful pictures with friends across the US. It didn't take long before she realized many of the people in her new home didn't use computers. Not wanting anyone to miss out on the fun, she became known for printing many of the funny jokes and beautiful pictures to share with her new friends. She would make multiple copies, staple them together and pass out the packets to many residents and employees. She was one of the only residents to have such computer savvy. Delores loved life and it gave her great joy when others loved life with her.

Delores is predeceased by her mother, Erma and father, Emil, both of Fay, OK; her husband, Ray, of Marshall, TX; two sisters, Priscilla Cope and Wilda Scott, both of Yukon, OK; and two brothers, Theron Spain of Ramona, CA, and Eddie Spain of Oklahoma City, OK.

Delores is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Rich Egan, and grandsons, Miller and Garrett, all of Austin, TX; her daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Ken Hubacher, and grandsons, Alec, Brandon, and Kevin, all of Cedar Park, TX; her brother-in-law, Charles Cope, of Yukon, OK; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Karl and Mary Mattheisen of Dallas, TX; and nieces and nephews, Chris Cope, Tracy Scott, Jana Spain, Tina Spain McDuffie, Shawn Spain, Dane Spain, Laura Spain, Sherry Burke, Jerry Williams, Marty Mattheisen and Rhea Ann Chamness.

Delores' family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at Brookdale Lakeway for the love they have shown to their mother over the last four years. Your support was invaluable.

Funeral services will be held at Westlake United Methodist Church, 1460 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX, 78746 on Sunday, January 28, at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to either:
Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center, Leander, TX; 512-259-6665; or
Lewy Body Dementia Association

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  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center, Leander, TX; 512-259-6665; or Lewy Body Dementia Association

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