Gladys May Williams

Our mother, Gladys May Williams died the morning of November 28, 2017. She had led a wonderful life of over 104 years. She was a Registered Nurse, wife to Ray Williams (deceased) and mother to four children, Judy Carpenter (Bob), Johanna Brody (George), Jane Lightfoot and John Williams (deceased). Her sole goal in life was to be a good mother to her children and a loving grandmother to Brenda Weatherly (Ken), Bob Carpenter (Cyndi), Brian Carpenter (Paula), Rebecca Kern (Tom) and Matthew Lightfoot, who gave her nine great-grandchildren. At every age of her life she found joy.

She was born May 14, 1913 in Tyrone, MI to Myrtle Gates and Charles Hiram Ross. Sadly, she and brother Howard Ross (deceased) were orphaned as young children. Raised by a succession of relatives, she put herself through nursing school; traveled to California on a “Nurses' Special” train trip with about 200 other nurses; met Ray, who had a child (Lorna), married him and started her own family in Michigan and then moved three kids and a dog to California and found her life out here. This is just part of who she was. She worked as an RN at Lompoc Hospital, and Convalescent Care Center when it opened; raised her children and supported her husband in his endeavors. She and Ray were very involved in their church, Bethany Lutheran here in Lompoc. She did fine embroidery for the church altar paraments and the pastor's vestments; she took up tole painting to partner with Ray in his retirement years as a cabinet crafter; she loved to read and joined a local book club where they read the classics, but most of all, Mom passed that lovely pastime on to her children and they to theirs. She was a terrific cook, a soothing voice when you were sick or feeling down, a good listener and above all, she fulfilled her goal in life as a loving mother. We will miss her very much.

We are deeply grateful to the devoted staff at Lompoc Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center for taking such good care of Mom for the past 6 years.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 PM Friday, December 8th at Bethany Lutheran Church, 135 So. E Street.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bethany Lutheran Church in her memory.

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