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Betty M. Williams

Betty M. Williams

(April 4, 1934~March 5, 2014)

Betty Martha Hoffmann was born April 4, 1934 in Olmstead County, near Rochester, MN to Arthur and Clara (Seims) Hoffmann. She was the middle child of 14 children raised on a farm. She attended country school near their home and then Rochester Public schools.

Betty was united in marriage to Keith Edward Williams on June 17, 1956 in Rochester. To this union 4 children were born: Kevin, who died at age 21 after 4 years in the Air Force, Dean, Vonda and Jonell. Betty and Keith raised their family in Sioux City, IA; Alton, IA; Moline, IL; Okabena, MN; Scottsdale, AZ and Boyd, MN.

Betty began her long career taking care of people while still in Rochester, working as a surgical technician. She went back to school in her 40s to secure her nursing license, something her and her family were very proud of her for-she was a real trailblazer. Along the trail she was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Okabena, a member of the Eastern Star in Lakefield, MN and also an active member of the volunteer ambulance crew/first responders along with Keith. She was President of Trinity Womens Organization in Boyd.

Betty threw herself into any project she started with tenacity. She always enjoyed gardening, along with quilting, sewing, puzzles, spending time at the lake or at her children's homes. Then when the grandkids came along she loved anything to do with them. Helping with their 4-H projects, reading, teaching them games or going on adventures in town or even in her yard with them. She was gifted with a childlike imagination when she was with them and became a co-conspirator in their adventures.

Betty was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's around her 60th birthday and has had a slow gradual progression since then. She has spent the last 10 years at the Good Samaritan Home in Pipestone. She passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the age of 79.

Betty is survived by three children: Dean (Mari-ann) of Land O Lakes, FL; Vonda (Randy) Reed of Pipestone, MN; Jonell (Michael) Leslie of Canby, MN; 14 grandchildren: Bobbi Jo (Al) Hermanson-Albers, Ryan (Krista) Reed, Katie (Dan) Oman, Nicole (Jeff) Olson, Elizabeth (Chad Gillespie) Hermanson, Naomi (Andrew) Kleczka, Ruth Williams, Donald Hermanson, Rachel Williams, Cody Reed, Sarah Williams, David Williams, Benjamin Williams, Timothy Williams; 6 Great Grandkids: Max and Lucy Albers, Jaxon and Jace Oman, Asher and Alethia Kleczka; Siblings: Erma Mensing, Leonard Hoffmann, Arden (Kathy) Hoffmann, Velma (Ray) Lindstrom, Donald LaDonna) Hoffmann, Gordon (Janet) Hoffmann, Duane (Fran) Hoffmann, Maynard (Karen) Hoffmann, Charlotte Weichmann and brother-in-laws Jack (Cleone) Williams and Dale (Sheri) Williams and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Betty in death were her parents, her husband Keith, her son Kevin and siblings Helmuth Hoffmann, Caroline Winter, Eleanor Tiedeman, LaVonne Costello, brothers-in-law Ken Mensing, Lee Weichmann and sister-in-law Eunice Hoffmann.

Arrangements by JH Lynner Co.-Clarkfield