Norma Joe Williams

December 26, 1921February 1, 2013

Norma Joe Williams, native San Angeloan and longtime newswoman, died Feb. 1, 2013, at age 91. She was born Dec. 26, 1921, to Louis Kleitches and Dewey Miskimon Kleitches. Norma Joe and Douglas A. Williams were married in San Angelo on May 15, 1942. An honor graduate of San Angelo High School in 1938, she also graduated from San Angelo Business College. Difficult economic times prevented her from pursuing her liberal arts education at the University of Texas. She was employed by the San Angelo National Bank from 1939-1951 and spent the following 12 years as the stay-at-home mother of her two boys, and as a homemaker. In late 1963, she had the opportunity to fulfill a girlhood ambition of becoming a newspaper writer and reporter, covering various beats and winning a number of writing awards. She had many memories of these years, including the assignment of covering former President Johnson's funeral, where she became acquainted with legendary journalist Bill Moyers. For 10 years she was the Standard-Times editorial page editor, working with her beloved friends Kevin Barry and Jack Cowan. She retired in 1993, but continued to write a column for some years thereafter. A member of Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity, she served as president of the San Angelo Press Club. In 1974, she was named to Who's Who of American Women. She was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church. Having a quick and inquisitive mind, she was an avid reader, saying that her favorite exercise "was turning the pages of a good book." She formed deep and abiding friendships that lasted a lifetime, and was a journalistic mentor to many, touching their lives in profound ways. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband; and son Mark Douglas Williams. She is survived by her son, Todd Houston Williams of Austin, Texas; sisters Melba McCormick of San Angelo and Louise Johnson of Bronte; and nephew Simpson (Bud) Johnson of Bronte. Special thanks are given to caregivers Della Garcia, Anita Rivera and to the wonderful caring staff at the Bronte Nursing Home, with special gratitude to Mario and Phoebe. Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Fairmont Cemetery with the Reverend Bill Proctor of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to the Williams House of San Angelo, (P.O. Box 3805 San Angelo, Texas 76902) founded by her late husband, or to the First Presbyterian Church of San Angelo. Family and friends may sign the online register book at


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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david wilkerson

June 10, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to the family.. Doug was very kind to me while I lived in San Angelo and I enjoyed visiting their house.

Lucy Hunter Washburne

February 9, 2013

I read Norma Joe's obituary in the paper when I arrived for a visit from Dallas on Wed. As a little girl, I would visit my grandmother, Mary Bland Millspaugh Hunter out here and Norma Joe, who was a friend of my dad Dwight Hunter's, would come to the Hotel Cactus to interview my grandmother on several occasions for stories about old San Angelo and life at Ft. Concho where my grandmother was born. I don't think I ever met Norma Joe but do remember my dad talking about what a good reporter she was and that my grandmother loved talking to her and reminiscing about the old days in San Angelo. I know she will be missed.

February 8, 2013

Yes, Norma Joe, you were one of a kind. We all liked and respected you and enjoyed byour hidden comments in your writing. Go with God. galen moeller

Donald Wilson

February 6, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go to Todd and Bud and the other members of Mrs Williams family. I met her several times when she worked at the Standard Times and she was a warm and friendly person. Above all, she was one of the few truly ethical journalists I have met.

Donald and Lori Wilson

Rita&Gary Cobler

February 5, 2013

Our Hearts goes out for the Williams family you have our deepest condolences at this time, She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

February 5, 2013

My deepest condolences to Todd, Bud, the Williams family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Tim Gette

February 4, 2013

As a budding journalism student at Angelo State and then as a reporter at the Standard-Times, I got to know Norma Joe and she left her mark on me and many other journalists! RIP Norma Joe.

February 4, 2013

I knew Norma when I worked in the Women's Section of SAST during the early 1970's. She had my upmost admiration as an outstanding journalist and wonderful person. I send my sympathies.

Nell Fischer Edmiston

Carlos and Cindy Mendez

February 4, 2013

Prayers to the Williams family on the loss of Norma Joe. She was truly an original.

Cindy Perry

February 4, 2013

Mike and I knew and worked with Norma Joe at the Standard-Times in the 1970s, and remember her with tremendous respect and fondness. I can't think of any newswoman or newsman who is/was more honest, straightforward and dedicated to the truth and to being a great reporter. We both wish we could attend Norma Joe's services, but health problems prevent us from traveling. To her family: You were so fortunate to be her family. To her friends and colleagues: WE were so fortunate to have her in our lives, whether it was for a few years or for decades.