Doris Alma Williams, 100, of Casey, passed away at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Casey Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Markwell Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Penelope Barber officiating. Burial will be in Washington Street Cemetery, Casey. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Casey United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 365, Casey, IL 62420. Online condolences may be left at www.markwellfuneralhome.com.
She was born May 30, 1913, the daughter of Claude McKean and Anna Wakefield McKean. Doris was a 1930 graduate of Casey High School and attended Eastern Illinois Teachers College for two years and earned enough credits for a Limited Elementary Certificate. In 1934, she was hired for $65 a month to teach in a country school. That was the beginning of her teaching career, which lasted for 36 years. Mrs. Williams taught eight years in the country, namely Howe, Union and Liberty schools, and the remainder with the Casey Community Schools C-1. As a first grade teacher in Casey, Doris taught two generations of families for more than 25 years. She retired in 1975.
About the time she started teaching, she was married to Farrell Williams on July 28, 1934, the proprietor of the Green Lantern Restaurant in Casey. They had four boys. The oldest, John, now retired, was a physician practicing in Columbus, Ohio. Phillip died in infancy. Joseph, now retired, was a physician’s assistant at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. The youngest, Bill, left teaching to join his father-in-law in farming in Waverly. Before Farrell’s death on June 19, 1986, they enjoyed many years in retirement together, spoiling their nine grandchildren and continuing their civic involvements. Doris now has six great-grandchildren.
Doris was the president of the United Methodist Women for four years, president of Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for two years, a 50-year member of the Casey Woman’s Club as well as the Order of Eastern Star. Not to be forgotten is her membership in the Clark County Retired Teachers’ Association. Prior to her residency at Casey Health Care, Doris’ son Joe and his wife Sharon cared for her in their home in Casey for eight years. Last May Doris celebrated her 100th birthday with a party for family and friends at Casey Health Care.
Survivors include her sons, John Williams of Fairfield, Ohio; Joe Williams (wife Sharon) of Casey, and Bill Williams (friend Brenda McKinley) of Waverly; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, Phillip Scott Williams; and sister, Dorothy Lippincott.