OBITUARY

Evelyn F. Gilder Williamson

December 14, 1918January 13, 2013

Evelyn Williamson passed peacefully away on 1/13/13. She was Teacher of the Year in 1967. She was born in Durant on 12/14/18 and the youngest of ten in an education focused family.

In the mid 1950’s she settled at NW Classen. Her side-interest in politics inspired her to create a student-project in the early 1960’s to have students go to the Capitol and ask legislators if they would support a bill containing certain language, not telling them that each phrase was one of the Bill of Rights. This landed her in an article in TIME magazine. Having no children of her own, she considered her nieces and nephews plus her former students as her “children”. After retiring in 1977 she joined her husband in an antiques appraisal business.

Memorial donations may be made in Eve’s memory to a charity of your choice.

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Evelyn F. Gilder Williamson

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Elinor McLennon

January 25, 2013

I met her in the nursing home. She was in the same hall as my dad. She was so sweet and precious. She loved to eat. lol I enjoyed bringing "new" clothes to her. She always lit up and told me that the clothes were so beautiful. It was my pleasure getting to know her.

January 17, 2013

Mrs Williamson was my Business Law and Typing teacher at NW Classen. I didn't much like typing as I just wasn't good at it but I loved her Bus Law class, she always made it interesting. She would discuss the U S Constitution a they related to current events. I remember her arranging a class trip to then Gov David Halls criminal trial. We attended the criminal proceedings twice as i remember. I was so hooked I took time from school to attend the trial on more than one occasion. She communicated well with us students also. She would talk about the current slang among teenagers and give her point of view and it was always done in her own way and very amusing. For example, she talked about the phrase we all use "Ya Know". Ms Williamson would say "when kids say 'ya know' I dont know, I have no idea what they what they mean". The last time I saw her was at the Conty Democratic meeting in 1976. God bless you and thank you Eve Williamson.

Tim Sherar Class of 1975

Janice Fishel Pittman

January 17, 2013

Mrs. (Findly) Williamson was my typing teacher for three years at NWC. I enjoyed her and her classes so much that I became a medical transcriptionist and I have thought of her fondly over the past 45 years and appreciate her a great deal. So sorry to hear of her passing.

Kay White Bishop Class of 1966

January 17, 2013

Eve Williamson was a Cygnet Pep Club sponsor when I was an officer. She was an extraordinary business teacher, and I am typing this because she taught me how at NW Classen. And many, many others. She was an inspiration. Not many boys took typing, but I remember her encouraging them to learn it well because they could make a fortune as an assistant on a safari to Africa. She made typing sound so exciting and rewarding! Typing took me through many summer jobs to pay my way through college. And my skills came in handy during my career of teaching English. I am glad I ran into Mrs. Williamson at an antique shop a few years ago. We had a fun reunion! God bless you.

FROM THE FAMILY