Johnnie Belle Holley Williams
-- 1921 ~ 2013 --

Johnnie Belle Holley Williams, 92, passed away February 17, 2013. She was born January 14, 1921 in Palestine, Texas to J.R. Holley and Nannie Belle Penick, the first of two children. Johnnie Belle’s brother Robert Eugene, died in 1941. Her early childhood education took place in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. By the age of 15, she met missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Harlingen, Texas. At 18, while attending North Texas College, she walked 5 miles in her church dress to the LDS branch and announced she had come to be baptized. In 1941, she was called to serve a proselytizing mission in Missouri. At the end of her mission, she attended the University of Houston during which time her parents joined the Church. She attended BYU from 1945 to 1947 where she also taught religion classes. Upon graduating in 1948 she became the secretary to sculptor Avard Fairbanks at the University of Utah and also learned to fly a single prop airplane solo.

After numerous marriage proposals, ‘Mr. Right’– Arthur Glenn Williams finally arrived. The two were married on December 3, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. For 32 years they lived and raised seven children on the windy plains in Cheyenne, Wyoming. In 1984 they moved to Provo, Utah where they served as temple ordinance workers. Following her husbands death in 1992 she moved to Cedar Hills. In 1993 she served a proselyting mission in California. In 1997 she rented an apartment in Salt Lake City and served a Family History Library mission. Her last Church calling was as a Temple Prep teacher at the age of 90.

She is survived by her children Earl Lee Williams, Michael (Pam) Robert Williams, Timothy (Eileen) Glenn Williams, Mark (Diana) Lars Williams, Holley (Tim) Elizabeth Williams Kay, and Terri (Jay) Lynn Williams Parker. Her son Jeffrey Holley Williams died in 1992. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Cedar Hills 10th Ward Chapel, 9737 North Chesterfield in Cedar Hills. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20 at the Warenski Funeral Home Chapel, 1776 North 900 East in American Fork and 1 hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo. The family expresses deep gratitude for the loving care from Dave and Dian Gibbs and staff at The Manila Country Home.

 

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