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Gretchen J. Williams - Adel

Place of Service
Oakdale Cemetery

Time of Service

Officiated By
Pastor Ernest Faber

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Time of Visitation

Oakdale Cemetery
Adel, Iowa

Gretchen J. Williams - Adel

Feb. 24, 1931 - Dec. 30, 2012

Gretchen J. (Noe) Williams was born February 24, 1931 to Roy and Margaret Noe. She passed away December 30, 2012. Gretchen graduated from Adel High School, Adel, Iowa in 1948, attended the University of Northern Iowa for two years, completed a Bachelor of Science in Education at Drake University, and earned the equivalent of a masters degee in Library Science.
Gretchen began teaching at the age of 18. She taught elementary school classes in Menlo, Dallas Center, and Adel-Desoto. In 1976, when her husband Dr. W.C. Williams, became a professor at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, Gretchen became the director of the Learning Resources Center (part of the University Library System) at Baylor for 15 years. She retired in 1991.
Gretchen married Wendell (Bill) Williams in 1950. They were married 62 years, and had one son, Steven. Gretchen is survived by her husband; their son, Steve; a brother, John  Noe; and several nieces and nephews. Gretchen was baptized in the Church of Christ, and was active as a librarian and Sunday school teacher in churches where she and her husband attended.
Contributions may be made to the Grinnell Christian Church, (Grinnell IA), Madison Church of Christ, (Brooklyn, IA), or the Adel Christian Church. Private family services were held at Oakdale Cemetery in Adel, with no public visitation. McCalley Funeral Home in Adel handled arrangements and online condolences can be left here.

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  • Galina
    Feb. 18, 2013

    that, there were a couple of statdouns, however.  First of all, Kathryn 'Salfelder's Dessin No. 1', was my favorite by a large margin, and I suspect a majority of the audience's too.  No doubt, a major talent at work here.  Not surprisingly, the music sounded very French  actually rather Ravelian at times, but with a fresh twist.  This was extremely high-quality music.My 2nd favorite work was Fernando Buide's 'Antiphones'.  A very well done piece indeed.  I loved it.After that, it's really a virtual tie I would say Carl Schimmel's 'Woolgatherer’s Chapbook' and Geoff Knorr's 'Shadows of the Infinite', were both pieces I liked a lot.  Although I didn't like Angel Lam's 'In Search of Seasons' as much as some of the other pieces, I won't deny that this is a major, major work.  Roger Zare with his 'Aerodynamics' did a nice job too, as did Spencer Topel with the 'Incendio'.  They weren't quite as memorable for me perhaps, but I would be more than happy, in fact grateful, to hear any of these pieces again on a regular subscription program.One thing I noticed this year is that none of the pieces had cheap effects to them no extremely loud and unwarranted effects.  Everything seemed more subdued and more deeply thought out.  Truly wonderful.

  • Tom and Carol Shaner
    Jan. 7, 2013

    Dear Wendell,

    It was sad to learn of Gretchen's passing as I have so many fond memories of her quiet presence at so many functions while growing up in Grinnell and with family members at Madison.  It was good to hear from you at Christmas but I read between the lines that perhaps  Gretchen's health was not good.  What a huge void she will leave in your life as well as with your son, Steven.  Our deepest sympathy to you both. 

    Carol and Tom

  • Jane Spillers Simon
    Jan. 6, 2013

    I wonder if you will remember me Wendell?  I was so sorry to hear of your loss.  It has been a long time since the days in Linden and Dallas Center.
    God bless you and your family.

  • Teresa Nolan
    Jan. 3, 2013

    I am so sorry for your loss. Will miss the two of you at the nursing home. I am Coral's grand daughter.

  • Aggie Jones
    Jan. 3, 2013

    Bill, my deepest condolences to you and family.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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