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Lenore Margaret (Hooper) Williams, 95, died January 12, 2014, at Horizon House, Seattle, Washington, after several health challenges over the past few months.
She was born in Renton, Washington, on October 3, 1918, and grew up near Port Angeles.
Her husband of 54 years, Ralph G. "Bud" Williams; her parents, Archie J. and Marguerite (Mutch) Hooper; and brother George Robert Hooper predeceased her.
She is survived by her two sons, John and his wife, Ann, and Robert "Bob" and his wife, Shirley; John's daughters, Melinda (Mark) Reiss and Nicole (Vic) Vanoni; Bob's children, Eric (Sandra) Williams, Lisa Wagner, Andrew Williams and Jeffrey Thomas; great-grandchildren Alexandra Reiss, Adrian and Jacquelin Vanoni, Ryan and Matthew Wagner, and Nicholas, Olivia and Isabel Williams; niece Peggy Williams Rasmussen; and nephews Paul Williams, Gordon Hansen, Norman (Linn) Hansen and Warren (Ann) Hansen, and their children.
Lenore graduated from Dry Creek Elementary, Port Angeles High School and the University of Washington School of Nursing, Class of 1940, as a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science. She was a member of Sigma Tau Alpha, Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Tau Delta.
In 1942, she married fellow University of Washington Class of 1940 graduate Ralph G. "Bud" Williams after Bud earned his commission as a naval officer. Navy life included assignments during World War II in the Pacific, then Newport, Rhode Island, and Long Beach, California, during the Korean War.
The family lived in the Wedgewood neighborhood of Seattle, Lakewood near Tacoma and for many years in View Ridge, Seattle, where Lenore was an avid gardener.
Lenore's nursing career included support of the University of Washington Health Services complex, surgery at Harborview Medical Center and two private practices led by Dr. Goss and Dr. Danishek.
She and her husband were active Rotarians. In addition to travel with Rotary, they also organized many reunions for Bud's Navy shipmates on the USS Halford and enjoyed travel abroad with their friends. They were members of the Sandpoint Country Club and active in alumni activities at the University of Washington.
Lenore was a very active volunteer at University Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. At Horizon House, she was secretary of the food committee and coordinated the monthly birthday celebrations.
Until recent months, she could be found every afternoon outside Horizon House talking with dog owners and petting their dogs, dog breed identification book from granddaughter Nikki in her lap.
Lenore's positive outlook and friendly smile will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, on Monday, April 7.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to University Presbyterian Church; the UW School of Nursing, P.O. Box 357260, Seattle, WA 98195; or Horizon House, www.horizonhouse.org/philanthropy.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 26, 2014