Imojean (Jean) Williams passed away at home on September 4, 2012 after a brave battle with cancer. Visitation will take place at Roseberry’s Funeral Home on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and burial will be in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Jean was born on January 15, 1927 in Leachville, Arkansas, the daughter of Sanford and Nellie Hyde. The family moved to Michigan when Jean was a child, and she was raised in Flint, graduating from Flint Central High School in 1945. She performed secretarial work at several businesses in Flint, including Mead Containers where she met the love of her life, Don Williams. They were married in 1968, and moved to Adams, Wisconsin when Don’s work led them here in 1972.
Shortly after moving to Adams, Jean began a career at Adams County (Moundview) Memorial Hospital where she worked for 25 years as the Administrative Assistant to the Hospital Administrator. She loved her job, and was very dedicated to the hospital, even after she retired, belonging to the Hospital Partners’ group.
Celebrated as the ‘matriarch’ of the family, Jean was the glue that held everyone together. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family, and she delighted in being with her husband, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She loved vacationing in Michigan on the beaches of Lake Huron, and she and Don went there every year. She loved to read, was a crossword puzzle enthusiast, and loved to beat everyone in a hot game of Yahtzee.
Jean will always be remembered as a warm and caring lady who loved people, and in turn they loved to spend time with her, gathering around her kitchen table for a cup of coffee and a good visit….one of her favorite sayings was “sit long, talk much, laugh often”. There is no way to express how much she is loved, and how she will be missed.
She leaves behind to treasure her memory her husband, Don Williams, children Robert (Leah) Williams, Deb Bassett, Barb (John) Dunnill; grandchildren Amanda (David) Wolf, Jesse Williams, Jaida Williams, Alissa (Jon) Whitaker, Bradley Dunnill, and Brianna Williams; great-grandchildren Talon LaDuke, Parker and Silas Whitaker, and Abby Williams; “adopted” daughters Jocelyn Starling and Sandie Richmond; nephew Ron (Candy) Hyde.
Jean was preceded in death by her son Gary Bassett, mother Nellie Slavik, father Sanford Hyde, step-father Chester Slavik, brothers Wallace Hyde and Leonard Slavik.