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Evelyn Louise Williams


08/01/1924 - 03/19/2015 Obituary
Evelyn Louise Williams Obituary
Evelyn 'Queenie' Williams, 90 years, passed away March 19th, 2015 at home with her family.
Her strong mind and will to live had to accept what her body was saying - "I am too tired and cannot stay any longer". Just two days earlier, she was at the office, 'out and about', taking care of business.
Evelyn was born in Glendale, California, August 1, 1924, to John Edward and Verena Molitor Shafer. Evie's parents, come from Ohio and Wisconsin in 1922. The family owned a farm in Riverside. During WWII, she studied business at Los Angeles State College and worked at United Concrete Pipe in accounts payable. The Company was building 'LST' Landing craft for the War. She married Tom Williams, a native of Oxnard, in 1947. In 1955, they moved from Arcadia to Ventura County, she cherished her Ventura home. During the 1950's, Tom and Evie 'patented' a 5 acre 'Jackrabbit Homestead' in Sky Valley. They built a 'Rock House' - with a large fire place, stone by stone. It became the family gathering place. In 1961, Tom and 'Queenie' founded Petrolog Geological Well Logging Company. After Tom passed away in 1990, she and her son John co-managed Petrolog. She was full time for 45 years and then mentored her granddaughter in the business, Scarlett Williams.
Evelyn loved the Lakers and tennis. She beautifully collected U.S. stamps from the 30's-90's. Each week she meticulously clipped and mailed coupons for special recipients. In years past she was a regular at Bingo. Recently she mailed 2015 New Year cards to family and friends, proclaiming great-granddaughter Grace. Evelyn loved her family, was always actively thinking, analyzing and giving.
Evelyn is survived by her son, John T. Williams, and daughter-in-law; Cynthia Williams, of Ventura; three grandchildren, Addison and Scarlett of Ventura, Heath and his wife Alisa Williams, and great-granddaughter Grace, of Bakersfield. Evelyn's extended family include: Myrna Brown, of Ventura, Scott Brown of Santa Paula, and Carol Brown, of Lee Vining. Evelyn was the youngest of the five siblings. She is survived by her brother Donald Shafer and his wife Carol, of Glendora. She was preceded in passing by her brother 'Jack' Shafer and twin sisters, Marjorie Jacobson and Marian English. Her immediate surviving nieces and nephews include: nine Jacobsons; five Shafers; two Englishes; and four Furys; living throughout California, Alaska, Montana and New Zealand.
Visitation is on Monday, March 30th between 3pm to 8pm at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 31st, at 2:00pm at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 11th, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ventura, 2:00pm, with reception at the Williams home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 5, 2015
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