Florence M. Williams

June 13, 1925March 29, 2018

Florence M. Williams, 92, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday March 29, 2018 at her residence. She was born on June 13, 1925 in Springfield to B. Franklin and Esther Miller Melton. Florence married James Williams on February 3, 1946 in Springfield and he preceded her in death on December 27, 1996. Mrs. Williams is survived by her children: Carolyn (Tom) Kelley and James M. Williams and one granddaughter Kristen (fiancé Dakota Moser) Williams all of Springfield, two nieces: Phyllis Sparling and Debbie Buscher and two nephews Donnie and David Melton as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Harvey and Preston Melton, one niece Linda Niksch and one nephew Dennis Melton. Florence worked at Allis Chalmers, Sangamo Electric and Hobbs before retiring from Southeast High School where she was known as the “cookie lady.” She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, birdwatching and camping and fishing throughout the Western part of the United States with her family. She was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan who loved watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and playing with her corgi Levi. Florence was a member of Cherry Hills Baptist Church The family will meet friends from 4:00pm-7:00pm Monday April 2, 2018 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street. A funeral service officiated by Jeff Nelsen will begin at 10:00am on Tuesday April 3, at Bisch and Son and burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be distributed to some of Florence’s favorite Mission Outreach Programs and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Carolyn (Tom) Kelley, Daughter
  • James M. Williams, Son
  • Kristen (fiance Dakota Moser) Williams, Granddaughter
  • Phyllis Sparling, Niece
  • Debbie Buscher, Niece
  • Donnie Melton, Nephew
  • David Melton, Nephew


  • Visitation Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Florence M. Williams

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Robert E. Church

April 2, 2018

I first met Florence and Jim at South 7th Street Baptist Church over 65 years ago.

Florence was always nice to my mother I played softball with Jim. He was a great pitcher.

I remember playing Santa Claus for the children at Golblats in Town And Country Shopping Center in 1965. They were surprised when I called them by name.

Florence will be missed but we all know she is with Jim and the Lord.

Andrea Bastin-Harper

April 1, 2018

I have so many wonderful memories of Florence. I got "special" cookies and cinnamon rolls from her. I still have my afgan, all in shades of blue. I loved her hugs. I got them at school and church. She was my gramma when mine went home to heaven. She prayed for me as a student, as a young married women and as a mom. There will always be a special place in my heart for her. I will miss her. Till we meet again in heaven.

Andrea (King)Bastin-Harper

Marilyn King

April 1, 2018

Florence was a very special lady who was good to my kids when they were in high school at Southeast, especially my son Brent King. They all still have their afgans she made them. See you at the gate.

Gene and Marilyn King


March 30, 2018

My sincere condolences for your loss, may the words at Isaiah 25:8 bring you comfort in this difficult time. "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces"