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Shela M. Williamson


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Shela M. Williamson

Des Moines - Shela Mae (Howard) Williamson, 85, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in Altoona. She was born on August 20, 1932 in Anita to Harley and Fern Howard. Following her father's death, her mother married Lewis Curry and the family moved to a farm in Massena. She graduated from Massena High School in 1950 and moved to Des Moines to pursue her nursing career at Mercy College of Nursing. She married Joseph Williamson in 1952 and had five children. For over 40 years she was an esteemed nurse at Mercy Hospital until she retired as House Supervisor in 1997.

Survivors include Shela's three daughters, Shelley (Phil) DeLong, Mary (Pat) Carroll and Bobbie (Mike) Barnholdt; son, Mark (Teri) Williamson; two brothers, Bill Howard and John (Coni) Curry; three sisters, Barbara Meyers, Marie Thayer and Colleen (Bob) Wilbur; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Gerry Williamson; infant granson, Jared Williamson; two brothers, Don Curry and Bill Joe Fleming; and sister, Jayne Gallagher.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, August 10 at Iles Grandview Park Chapel concluding with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Des Moines, of which she was a long-time member. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery, Anita.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of Prairie Vista Village for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 9, 2018
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