Mary Ann Williams, 81 - February 11, 2014Mary Ann Williams, 81, of Gothenburg died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services took place at the American Lutheran Church on Monday, Feb. 17, with the Revs. Jon Mapa and Larry Viter officiating. Interment was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Williams was born Jan. 10, 1933, to Cobus J. and Hattie (Gerdes) Ostendorf on their family farm north of Willow Island. She was baptized and confirmed in the American Lutheran Church and was a lifetime member.
On Nov. 14, 1953, she was united in marriage to Gordon Williams at Gothenburg. To this union, two children were born.
She attended Kearney State Teachers College and obtained her rural school teacher’s certificate. She taught in the rural districts until 1960 and then substituted another 1½ years. She then spent her days raising her children and making a home.
Williams also wrote a column for the Tri-City Trib called, “Out My Window” for several years.
Being socially active, she greeted new arrivals to the community through the Welcome Wagon, and belonged to the VFW Auxiliary and SSS Club. She also spent numerous hours playing cards and visiting with friends.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Cobus J. and Hattie Ostendorf; siblings—Sophie Brecks, Ida Lindner, Margaret Schnackenberg, Cobus G. Ostendorf, Marcus Ostendorf, Edward Ostendorf, Orville Ostendorf during World War II; three siblings in infancy.
?Survivors include: her husband of 60 years, Gordon Williams of Gothenburg; her son, Rick Williams of Stratton; her daughter, Marcia Miller (Greg Nielsen) of Aurora; special daughter-in-law, Joyce Williams of Dorchester; four grandchildren—Zechariah (ShaVon) Williams of Dorchester, Christopher (Kristin) Williams of Waverley, Stephen (Lacy Bown) Miller of LaVista, and Remington (Mandie) Miller of Madison, SD; three great-grandchildren—Kelton Williams, Reagan Williams and Colten Miller; two sisters—Francis Schultz of Gothenburg and Vera Schmitz of Graceville, MN; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Ave. G, Gothenburg, NE 69138, the Faith Chapel, 520 Ninth St., Gothenburg, NE 69138, and the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 10th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.
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