Carolyn Leah (Cook) Williams
1932 - 2020
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Carolyn Leah (Cook) Williams

Sparks - Carolyn Leah (Cook) Williams, 88, peacefully passed away April 28, 2020, at The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks, NV where she and her husband, John, resided. Sadly, dementia, which attacked her in her last 5 years, played a greater role in her demise. Carolyn was born February 17, 1932 to Carl and Victoria (Abernathy) Cook in Bakersfield, CA. She spent her childhood in the Southern California area, graduating from Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA. She later attended business school. During the early 1950's, women were much safer traveling with their friends especially so when attending USO dances in nearby towns. One very special USO dance was held at George Air Force Base in Victorville, CA where she met a most handsome soldier named John Williams. After several courting attempts, they became engaged and married in 1953. They remained soulmates for 67 years until her passing.

Later that year, they moved to Reno, John's hometown. Shortly after, their first child, Denise, was born and later Steven then Ted. Through the good (and challenging) years, she was an exceptional Mom who loved and cared deeply for her children. Carolyn excelled at many jobs including executive administration positions at First National Bank of Nevada while John continued his career in sheet metal. In the late 1960s, they decided to open a sheet metal business, Independent Sheet Metal. With Carolyn's unwavering professionalism, business and bookkeeping skills, she teamed with John to successfully grow an amazing family business. They were well-known, respected and loved in this community.

Later they would spend time at many of the nearby lakes and mountains for camping, jeep-riding, arrowhead and old bottle hunting, snowmobiling, and boating. They also took to square dancing at the famous California Building and other venues. Looking back, it was about respect, hard work, fun, teaching, learning and appreciating family and friends and the business community.

Then came the grandchildren. She could never love or care for them any more than she did. They were always invited and included in most of their activities, including Hot August Nights and all the other fun social events, dinners and picnics. Though dementia became more and more challenging to function independently, Carolyn loved (and recognized) all her kids and grandkids right up to the very end.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Roxy Schatz. Surviving relatives include husband John; brother, Jerry (Gretchen) Cook; daughter, Denise (Patrick) Lang and their children (grandchildren) Nathan Sanders, Allison Lang and Jonathan (Amy) Lang and their son (great grandson) William; son Steven (Jennifer) Williams and their children (grandchildren) Ashleigh (Kevin) DeRoberts and their son (great grandson) Jackson and son Blake (Danielle) Williams; and son Ted (Vivian) Williams and children Brendi (Patrick) O'Driscoll and their son (great grandson) Roman and grandsons Aaron and Auri; and of course numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

During this time of social-distancing, a private burial was held at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley. Walton's Funerals and Cremations - Sparks was entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from May 17 to May 24, 2020.
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May 28, 2020
Condolences to John and all the family of Carolyn. I have many fond memories of working with Carolyn as members of the National Association of Women in Construction. Always willing to support the goals of that association, Carolyn did so with a smile and much enthusiasm. RIP Carolyn - you will be missed.
Carol Kichenmaster
May 20, 2020
God Bless your Mom and Dad.
John Stralla
May 19, 2020
A wonderful lady and family. Her great legacy will be carried on through all of the Williams family members.

Love, Mitch and Tammy Andreini.

Mike and Mark Andreini.
May 18, 2020
Wishing John and the family peace and wonderful memories. Carolyn was an incredible lady whose gentle, confident spirit was enjoyed and admired. Her many years of service to the Corvette club were also appreciated. Until we meet again, may God bless.
Lisa Mitchell
May 18, 2020

Carolyn Williams was one of the sweetest ladies in this world, always smiling and enjoyed her friends and was always proud of her family. God bless John he will miss her with his every being. Our sorrows will eventually ease but the memories will be forever.
Rest In Peace Carolyn Williams.
Stuart and Linda Rumbaugh
Reno Corvette Club member
Linda & Stuart Rumbaugh
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