Hannah Mae Williams

Posted November 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

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Hannah Mae Williams, 92, was born in Polk County on January 29, 1920, to Ira and ElZada Holman Sell. She left this world on Nov. 14, 2012. She lived most of her life in the Blackfoot area of Cedar County living for over 70 years in the home in which she raised her family. It was a source of pride for her that she was able to remain in her own home until the last three months of her life.

She attended the Independence School in the Blackfoot area of Cedar County.

Hannah Mae’s life always revolved around her very large family. In addition to raising her family, she enjoyed gardening both vegetables and flowers and having a beautiful yard. When her shelves were full with home-canned goods for the winter, she considered she had a very successful summer. She was “famous” for her hot-dill pickles, homemade noodles and homemade pies. She got no greater joy than having a houseful of family for a meal that ended with pie of many kinds. Every family member had their favorite kind of pie and Hannah Mae delighted in having her sons’ sit in the kitchen watching as she baked their special pie.

The grandchildren loved to visit the farm and spent hours outside. When mealtime arrived, Hannah Mae would honk the horn of the car for several long loud blasts. Everyone knew this as the signal to get inside for a scrumptious meal.

Yard mowing was always one of her most favorite activities. As she got older, she rode around on her lawnmower just for fun. Her children often grumbled at her for being on it and she told them if they found her dead on it, she had died happy.

Hannah Mae made many life-long friends at the Hammons Walnut Plant where she was employed for 40 years

She was united in marriage to Samp Eugene Williams on March 7, 1936. To this union was born seven children. In her later life she enjoyed the companionship of George Preston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents, Ira and ElZada Sell; three brothers – Darrell, Clovis and Troy; one daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Kay and David King; and her companion, George Preston.

She is survived by six children – Gene and Margaret Williams, Wayne and Shirley Williams, Dannie and Judy Williams, Steve Williams, Mike Williams and Carolyn Roberts; 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Services were in Brumback Funeral Home with burial in Stockton Cemetery.