BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Shirley Ann (Leeka) Williams, 81, of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Fla.|
Born Feb. 16, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Francis Smith Leeka of Joplin, Mo., Shirley was a 1950 graduate of Joplin High School.
Shirley was a devoted member of the DeKalb/Sycamore community for more than 30 years, helping to start the DeKalb Christian Church. She ran Jack's Juvenile Store for nine years. She was known by many in Missouri, Illinois and Florida as person of great kindness and charity who welcomed everyone she met with compassion and grace. She was a member of the Anchor Christian Church in Bonita Springs.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Joe Williams; children, David Williams, Doug Williams, Lee Ann Sanderson, Linda Gooding (Felix) and Drew Williams (Tina); grandchildren, Derek (Alysia), Lindsay (Rick), Daniel, Arianne (Will), Elizabeth (Sam), Tyler, Carson, Kimmie, Liam and Reese; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and one grandchild, Christopher David Sanderson.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the
would be appreciated in honor of Shirley.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Anchor Christian Church in Bonita Springs.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 13, 2013