Amelia P. <I>Clarke</I> Williams

Amelia P. Clarke Williams

Birth
Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Death 14 Oct 1989 (aged 95)
Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
Burial Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 22845463 · View Source
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Beloit Daily News. Saturday 16 October 1989
Amelia P. Williams, 95, of 4731 Yale Bridge Rd., (Williams Tree Farm) Rockton, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Oct. 14, 1989.
She was born Feb. 24, 1894, on a farm in Sycamore, II., in DeKalb County, the daughter of Alfred L. and Ella Knipp Clarke.
She attended the county schools, junior high and high school in Sycamore, Ill., graduating in 1911. She attended Northern Illinois University and graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1915 with a bachelors of arts degree. She was pledged to Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.
Mrs. Williams taught school in Leaf River and she continued to substitute teach in the Rockton, Roscoe, Shirland and Harrison areas until she was 72 years old.
She married the Rev. Carlton Williams on Aug. 20, 1915, following a campus romance the couple moved to Leaf River in order for the Rev. Williams to attend Garrett Theological School. He was a Methodist preacher and served churches in the Northern Illinois Conference of Leaf River, Geneva, Brookfield, where he built the church, Sandwich, Poplar Grove, Pecatonica and Kaneville. She moved to the farm on Yale Bridge Road in 1940 which has been her home ever since.
The Rev. Williams filled the pulpit at Manchester Free Church and later preached at the Old Stone Church in Rockton and served as past pastor emeritus.
He was a writer for Field and Stream, Freeman and he wrote several novels. He died Dec. 25, 1974.
She was a member of the Rockton United Methodist Church where she was active in many church circles and Sunday School. She was past president of the Sycamore United Methodist Women, the Rockton United Methodist Women, and member and past matron of Eastern Star Chaper 641. She was a member of the New Century Club for many years, an honorary member of the Rockton Women's Club, the Rockton American Legion Auxiliary and the Gold Star Mothers.
After joining the Rockton United Methodist Church, she was overjoyed to find the bell from her old home church at Clare, Ill., which her father had rung every Sunday without fail, and also the church pews had been purchased and installed in the Rockton Church when it was rebuilt following a fire. Later, she gave the Silver Communion Set which her mother, as president of the Ladies Aide for 35 years, had cared for.
Survivors include four daughters, Elaine (Gordon) Needham of Kaneville, Ill., Ella (William) Pankey of Palatine, Ill., Irene (Ted) Ulferts of Rockton, and Carol (Russ) Ellis of Roscoe; one son, Wayne (Ora Mae) Williams of Rockton; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Leona and a son James, a Marine casualty of the Korean War. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Pearl Ross and Marcia Clarke and her husband.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Rockon United Methodist Church with ther Rev. Frank Berman. church pastor and the Rev. Dr. James Westpfahl of the Old Stone Church officiating. Burial will be in the Rockton Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Rockton United Methodist Church. Memorials may be given in her memory to either the Rockton United Methodist Church or the Old Stone Church. Arrangements were handled by Daley-Murphy-Wisch and Associates.


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  • Created by: Dean McMakin
  • Added: 12 Nov 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22845463
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Amelia P. Clarke Williams (24 Feb 1894–14 Oct 1989), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22845463, citing Rockton Township Cemetery, Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Dean McMakin (contributor 46804161) .