SIDNEY - Inez E. Williamson, 95, and formerly of West Milton, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney, where she lived since 2002. She was born on a farm in Darke County on July 23, 1917, to the late Jesse and Ruth (Mishler) Lutz. She married the late Donovan R. Williamson of Troy on Dec. 26, 1946. They were married 58 years, and he preceded her in death in 2004.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Charlie Rhyan of Sidney; and a son and daughter-in-law, Dane and Dawn Williamson of St. Louis, Mo. Inez also is survived by one sister, Norma Baker of Greenville; five grandchildren, Travis (Jessy) Rhyan, Chelsea (Jonathan) Pavkov, Nick Williamson, Sean Williamson, and Felicia Williamson. She has four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter and one sister, Katherine Moore of Greenville. She has many loving nieces and nephews.
She was a 1935 graduate of Monroe High School (Franklin-Monroe) and earned a degree at Miami Jacobs Business College in Dayton. During the World War II she worked as manager in the purchasing department of the Frigidaire Division of General Motors Corp. in Dayton. In later years, she worked for the JC Penny Co in Troy, where she retired in 1979. She and her husband Don lived on the family farm west of Troy and were engaged in farming more than 50 years. They had many close friends and family members. They were active in the West Milton community, members of the Laura United Church of Christ, and were able to spend winters in Florida together for more than 30 years.
She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, and mother, tirelessly assisting her husband, children, and grandchildren with life's many projects over the years. At Dorothy Love, she was an energetic participant in activities, serving on the both the resident executive and the spiritual life committees. She was a member of the church choir, volunteered at the crafts center and spent thousands of hours making cards and other items for residents. Some items were also sold in the Amos Center to raise resources for the Life Care Fund at Dorothy Love. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Hale Sarver Funeral Home in West Milton, with Dorothy Love Chaplain Keith Matthews officiating. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery in West Milton. Calling hours will be on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Hale Sarver. Flowers can be sent to Hale-Sarver, or contributions can be made in her name to the Life Care Fund at Dorothy Love.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on Mar. 12, 2013