Karen Williams, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, mentor, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, of a heart attack.
She was born on March 9, 1949 to Evert and Edith Meiners. She was in a hurry to join her older sister, and was born on the way down from Nezperce, on the Gilbert Grade in the back seat of a 1949 Packard.
She was raised in Nezperce, and graduated from high school in 1967. She decided to continue her education, and become a school teacher. She attended the University of Idaho, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1971. She then decided to continue her education further, and received her Master’s degree in Education in 1974.
Once she received her degree, she began her long and immensely satisfying teaching career at the Grangemont Elementary School.
Once the Grangemont School closed, she continued teaching at the Peck Elementary School. She then moved to the Orofino Elementary School, and finished her teaching career there after 30 plus years in education. She then went to White River, Arizona, and taught first grade for one year.
On Aug. 23, 1975, Karen married the love of her life, Floyd Williams. They were blessed with two strong willed sons, Ross and Jay Williams. Karen’s biggest joy in life was being with her family, especially her mountain of grandchildren and honorary grandchildren. She was Grammy Karen to most little ones that knew her best.
Karen had many hobbies, including knitting, quilting, and collecting childrens books.
She loved to travel and see much of our country’s history, and the occasional girl’s trip with her numerous high school and college friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Evert and Edith, and husband Floyd.
She is survived by her sons Ross Williams and his wife Kimberly, and Jay Williams, and grandchildren Brogan Davis, Porter Davis, Lincoln Williams, Trevon Williams, Trace Williams, and Ryker Williams, and sister Sharon Lacey, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
People wishing to donate in her memory, may do so to the Orofino Elementary School Library, or the Clearwater Memorial Public Library.