Florence Beatrice Williams

January 21, 1932March 26, 2018
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Florence “Bea” Williams of Fairhope, Alabama, Entered into Heavens Gates Monday March 26, 2018.

She was born in Arkansas, January 21, 1932; where she grew up on a farm with her mother, father and 5 sisters and 1 brother.

Bea is Preceded in death by her father; Orion Oden and mother; Myrtle Crawford Oden as well as her sisters Annie Dorton, Martha Holman, and Mary Bennett, and her brother, Otis Oden, Jr.

She leaves behind her adoring husband and love of her life Joe L. Williams, Sisters Angie Rudder and Wanda Pafford; Sons; C. Ray Williams (Sherry), and Orion Williams (Patty), daughter; Amy Shinnick (Mike), Grandchildren; Kevin Williams, Steven Williams, Chris Williams, Matthew Williams, and Kelsey Shinnick Goddard; great grandchildren Lydia Williams and Sam Williams, along with a plethora of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Williams was a social Butterfly she enjoyed throwing parties for her friends and family, baking, tending to her garden, and spending time at the beach, but God and her family always came first especially her grandchildren and great grands which she made a special point in doting and bragging on whenever she could. Bea had a smile that could light up and room. She was described by her husband as a beauty like no other; there 65 year love story was like a fairytale and will live on for generations to come in the beautiful family they have raised.

Bea was a well loved and admired woman by all those who knew her; she will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life for Bea will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). A committal service will occur Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Elliotsville Cemetery , Alabaster , Alabama.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Commital Service Saturday, March 31, 2018

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Sher-Min Yang

March 31, 2018

Grandma Bea was a beautiful, generous, and caring person inside and out. She showed a grandmother’s love to me throughout my life. I loved getting her cards in the mail, every birthday and Christmas, without fail. When I was young, she would send me a carousel for each birthday (I was born in the year of the horse). I will treasure them forever. I enjoyed visiting her and Grandpa Joe in Alabama, and their visits to Seattle. One year, she visited us in Vancouver and surprised me with a birthday cake. I will never forget that night.

I am so happy that I got to spend Christmas with them two years ago. She and I watched movies together in the evening and talked, and I loved every minute of the time I spent with her.

She was truly a grandmother to me in every way, and I included picture of her (and Grandpa Joe) on every school family project in elementary school. She had such a big heart and a seemingly endless capacity to care for others, and I am so fortunate to have had her in my life. I love her and miss her so much. My condolences to the family.

Chris Williams

March 31, 2018

Shireen Yang

March 30, 2018

Bea told me that she saw me crying during Sunday service on Mother’s Day 1982. She knew that I must have lost my mother. Hence, Bea and Joe adopted me through the student adoption program in church. She did way more than having me over for meals and giving me a hand here and there. Both of them actually gave me LOVE. Our friendship developed even deeper after I graduated and moved far away from Alabama. We enjoyed their several visits to Texas and then Seattle.
She was a mother to me and most of all a grandma to my children. They had enjoyed being spoiled by her, receiving birthday card and money every year, not to mention Christmas package. Even when she got so very sick in Feb, she still remembered Sean’s birthday and was upset that she did not get to send the card and money she had prepared. By God’s Grace, she got to mail it after she was discharged from hospital.
Bea was God- sent to me. She helped me through my lonely and difficult times. She was the most loving, kind and giving person I’ve ever met. She had given me love, along with motherly lectures. I am ever grateful to her for them. Every young woman needs a mother’s guidance. I enjoyed going out with her, shopping, dinning, walking ( she was actually a fast walker) and just doing those fun woman things.
I am very thankful to Our Loving God that His will be done. God loves Bea and He ends her bodily suffering. She is home with Jesus.
She will always have a place in my heart and will be remembered.
My condolences to Les,Ray, Amy and their spouses, the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Barbara Stinson

March 30, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. I loved Bea like a sister.

Barbara Stinson

Doris Grosse

March 30, 2018

Bea was a beautiful lady inside and out. She lived her faith. As of now, she is living by sight and not faith. One could not ask for a better friend. My husband and I met Bea after she and Joe moved to Tulsa from Louisiana, We are so thankful for Bea
and Joe coming into our lives.

Doris and Hermann Grosse - Tulsa, OK

P Pett

March 29, 2018

I wish to offer my sincere condolences to your family during this time of bereavement. May your family draw close to God and see how He lovingly draws close to you. (James 4:8)