JANUARY 17, 1918 - MARCH 7, 2014
Born January 17, 1918 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Julianne Wright Williams lived most of her life in her childhood home in Winton. Jan's parents, Claude and Mary Wright moved to California to raise peaches and almonds on the family farm in 1921.
Jan's education began at the rural Fruitland School continuing with graduation from Livingston High School in 1935 and graduation from the College of the Pacific in 1939 where she earned her California Teaching Credential. She loved children and found great pleasure and satisfaction in her many years in the classroom. Her career began as one of two teachers at Washington School in 1939, but the majority of her years in the classroom were spent teaching second and third grade at Bellevue School in Atwater.
Jan married Luther Williams on June 27, 1943. Together, they raised four children, Robert, John, Mary and David. Family vacations were often spent camping Yosemite or at "El Salto" in Capitola. Wherever they were, love for the beauty and wonder of God's creation was instilled in their children. Many a Saturday and Sunday were spent "going for a drive" to locations such as Hornitos, Snelling and Yosemite. Picnics with family and friends at Henderson Park, Hagarman Park or McConnell Park were common.
Following her retirement in 1977, Jan continued to travel with Atwater AARP and with her sister, Elizabeth. She also spent countless hours working in her yard and as an active member of Atwater United Methodist Church. She was a member of the church for 83 years. She was quite proud of her hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite as a young women, continuing to hike in the Sierras into her 70's. She enjoyed long walks with her dogs and cats on the canal banks at her home. In her last years, she was a resident of Grace Home in Livingston, where she received loving care.
Jan is preceded in death by her husband, Luther in 1996. She was a loving mother to her four children, Robert, John and his wife Laura, Mary and her husband, John Herbert and David. She was a loving grandmother to her five grandchildren, Brian, Loren, David, Candice and Alex, and her great grandchild, Joshua.
A service celebrating her life will be held on March 15, 2014 at 11am at New Life Community Church, 2124 First Street, Atwater.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Yosemite Foundation or to Grace Home.
Wilson Family Funeral Home
1290 Winton Way Atwater, CA 95301
Published in the Modesto Bee from Mar. 12 to Mar. 14, 2014