Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

October 14, 2013

Beatrice Williams

Nov. 23, 1921-Oct. 13, 2013

GOSHEN — ELKHART — Beatrice Williams, 91, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, at 5:22 a.m. at her daughter’s home surrounded by family.

She was born Nov. 23, 1921 in Chicago, to George and Mary Ann (Adams) Cullen.

She married William J. Williams Sept. 30, 1943 in Richmond, Va. They remained in Chicago as restaurant owners until moving to Elkhart in late 1952. Her husband, William, preceded her in death on March 22, 1999 after 56 years of marriage.

Beatrice, a psychiatric technician, retired from Elkhart General Hospital in 1984 after 20 years of service.

She is survived by her only child, Gail Ann (Frank) Williams, with whom she has lived with for more than 10 years; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Williams, Kathleen A. Williams, Brenda K. (Scott) Whitehead and Ashley N. (Joshua) Gorce; nine great-grandchildren, Brittany (Shane) Goedek, Haley and Lindsay Robinson, Zachary Williams, Camryn and Mitchell Whitehead, Danielle and Logan McIntosh and Brooklyn Gorce; and a great-great grandson, Michael J. Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, George, Jr., Joseph, Harry, William and John Cullen; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Russmusen, Dorothy Kloiber and Patricia Ikins; and a great-grandson, Alexander P. Coffman.

Beatrice will be greatly missed due to her endearing love of family. She was the prayer warrior for the family and enjoyed listening to spiritual music, reading, cooking and spending time with her family. A No. 1 fan of Lawrence Welk, she was always ready to offer advice when asked.

She was a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church but for the last decade has been attending Beulah Missionary Church.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service Thursday, all at Beulah Missionary Church, 57595 C.R. 18, Goshen. The Rev. Dr. Brent Poe and the Rev. James Beeler will officiate.

Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beulah Missionary Church.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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