Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

August 29, 2013

Carolyn Williamson

Carolyn Ann Williamson, 92, of Westminster, Colo., formerly of Neoga, passed away Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at her son’s residence in Westminster, Colo.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Neoga, with the Rev. Darin Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials can be made to Legacy Christian Fellowship, 9375 Gaylord Street, Thornton, CO 80229 noted as “Carolyn’s Water Well.” This will fund a water well in Carolyn’s name to be drilled by World Vision in Niger, Africa. Her passing will give life to hundreds of children for generations to come. Swengel-O’Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at swengel-odell.com.

Carolyn was born June 14, 1921, in Pana, the daughter of John B, and Gertrude J. (Wullner) Kraus. She married George W. Dougherty, March 14, 1942, in Pana. She and her husband, George, owned and operated the Neoga News for several years. George passed away Oct. 31, 1971. Carolyn continued to operate the Neoga News for a few years until she retired and sold the business. Carolyn later married Claude J. Williamson, Jan. 10, 1981, in Leeds, Ala., and they made their home in Neoga and Toledo. After Claude’s death, on Sept. 18, 2003, she went to Westminster, Colo., and made her home with her son and daughter-in-law.

Mrs. Williamson leaves three sons, Bill Dougherty and his wife, Sandy of Westminster, Colo., Luke Williamson and his wife, Charlene of McCalla, Ala., and Tommy Williamson and his wife, Mary Ruth of Birmingham, Ala.; three grandchildren, George Dougherty and his wife, Stacie of Westminster, Colo., Sarah Korell and her husband, Matt of Taichung, Taiwan, and Mark Williamson and his wife, Laura of Birmingham, Ala.; five great-grandchildren, Noah, Peter and Grace Dougherty, and Abigail and Isaiah Korell.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, George W. Dougherty and Claude J. Williamson.

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