Graveside service for Annona Lee Williams, 72, of Visalia was held on Oct. 20 at Visalia District Cemetery. She died on Oct. 16 in Visalia.

She was born on June 5, 1932 in Elmore City, Okla. The first of seven children to Homer and Daphne Abney. She lived in Oklahoma, Texas and California. She graduated from Exeter High School in 1950.

In 1955 she married her husband of 49 years, George Williams. She was a wonderful mother to four children and spent most of her married life as a devoted homemaker. She always loved being with her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time reading and cross-stitching and sewing.

One of the happiest memories her daughter, Sherry, has was spending time with her and her sister at all of the “Lord of the Rings” movies. They all enjoyed them and waited excitedly for the next one and our happy time together. It was our special time with each other.

Her oldest son, John, remembers that Mom was always there for us kids and dad. He remembers how she gave all of herself to us not asking for anything in return. Most of all, he remembers the love she gave to us all and how in her last days we as a family all did our best to repay her for all the love she gave.

Her son, Mike, remembers the joy of going to Mom's house at all different times – from him being a small child to being an adult and just sitting to visit with her at the kitchen table -- sometimes alone and sometimes with family or friends. She was always there for him and all his friends.

Her youngest son, Greg, will always remember Mom's favorite measurement of time – "Two shakes of a lamb's tail." He never knew how long that was, but apparently one shake was not enough and three shakes was just far too many. When his time comes to join her in heaven -- he'll tell her "I got here in two shakes, mom." He misses her dearly, and in this case, two shakes will be an eternity.

She is survived by her husband, George "Dink" Williams; her mother, Daphne Abney; her sisters, Nina Harrah and Judy Geer; her brothers, H.L. Abney and Jerry Abney; her daughter, Sherry Minatta; sons, John Williams and several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Our family wishes to express a sincere "Thank-you" to a dear friend, Cindy Conley, for all her help.

The family would also appreciate any donations in her memory be made to Tulare County Hospice, 900 W. Oak St., Visalia, CA 93277. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel.

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