Our beloved Betty Williams passed away on Kodiak Island on Jan. 3, 2015. She joins her husband Victor, son James, granddaughters Jamie and Jem, her son-in-law John Wheeler and many other loved ones.
Betty was born in Germany, one of four sisters and three brothers, on Jan. 17, 1923, and lived through the many horrors of Nazi Germany and WWII. Betty met the love of her life, her hero, her Victor, in 1948 when the Americans entered Berlin. Five years and many adventures later they married in Berlin and again after arriving in America.
“She loved telling the story of her first arrival into the New York Harbor on a military transport ship. There in the distance was the Statue of Liberty! What a beautiful site it was for her!”
Some will remember Betty by her huge smile, kind words, positive attitude and her constant comment that “America needed to wake up and worry about our future generations.”
Betty was a military wife for 20 years and traveled with her husband Victor while he was stationed in New Jersey, Japan, again to Germany and in 1964 to Fort Eustis, Va. Her husband Victor did three tours in Vietnam and Betty raised her two small children by herself until Victor returned to her from Vietnam. Jane was born in Fort Monmouth, N.J., and James was born in Komaki Air Base, Japan.
Betty managed a restaurant in Hampton, Va., for 10 years which became the local hotspot for good food. In 1982 she and Victor retired and built their home in Melbourne Beach, Fla., and lived there many happy years and sad times, too. For many summers they traveled to Kodiak, Alaska, to visit their Jane. They loved fishing for the beautiful salmon and halibut.
When Victor passed away in March of 2011, she then moved to Kodiak to live with her daughter Jane.
Betty leaves behind her daughter Jane Williams Wheeler in Chiniak, Alaska; in Germany her only surviving sister, Adehide Andres and her niece, Elke (Bernd) Schilling and other family members; Patty Bo Chambers of Tacoma, a beloved ex-daughter-in-law; dear Melbourne Shores friends; her Chapel By-The-Sea Church family; surrogate granddaughter Molly, and Molly’s parents John and Nancy, who are our extended family. Also her Chiniak and Kodiak friends who made her so happy and her son-in-law’s beloved family whom she held dearly.
Betty loved her family and cherished her memories of getting together with friends for so many occasions. Betty and Victor were always responsible for the neighbor hood Oktoberfest and will never be forgotten. She loved dancing, laughing and joking and she always embraced and honored her American citizenship. We will heavy heartedly miss this beautiful woman, mother and friend … Betty Williams
She is now dancing in Heaven with Victor.
A celebration of life for Betty Williams will be held at the Senior Center Feb. 28, 2015, at 4 p.m. Please bring your favorite dish.