Betty Jane "BJ" Williams
Williams, Betty Jane BJ (nee Tarlton) who was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many, died on Friday, June 5, 2009 at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis County. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Williams was born on August 4, 1923 to Leota Schaefer Tarlton and G.L. Tarlton. Her only sister Mary Louise Tarlton was born in 1912 and preceded her in death at an early age. Mrs. Williams spent her early childhood in the Signal Hill area of Belleville, IL. Mrs. Williams attended Mary Institute, The Northampton School for Girls, and Smith College. When their children went away to school, Mr. and Mrs. Williams started the Pappagallo Shop in Ladue. This long-standing St. Louis favorite spawned a chain of the stores and spin-offs including Poppy's Patch and Goodbuys. These stores were also part of the evolution of the St. Louis catalog company Knights/Williams Corporation which published City Spirit, Knights Ltd., and Papillion Catalogs which were ultimately associated with the creation of Home Decorator's Collection and Soft Surroundings Catalogs. Mrs. Williams lived a long, fun-filled life and particularly loved spending time with family and friends, skiing, playing bridge, and world travel. Mrs. Williams is survived by W. Grant Williams II, her husband of 64 years and by her children, Margaret P. Williams (Philip G. George) of St. Louis and W. Grant Williams III (Michelle T. Williams) of St. Louis and Mougins, France and by six grandchildren: Laura George Dunaway (Matthew), Margaret Cobb George, Philip Locke George (fiancee Margaret W. Terry), Betty Tarlton (Tallie) Williams, Kimberly Paige Williams, and Lillian Claire (Lilly Claire) Williams. Services: A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church at 101 North Warson Road at Ladue Road. Private Inurnment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any donations be made in Mrs. Williams' name to Saint Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Luke's Hospital, or The Mary Institute Saint Louis County Day School. A LUPTON CHAPEL SERVICE.



Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jun. 7, 2009.
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Penny, Mary just told me about BJ. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Jim sends his regards also. BJ was truly a remarkable woman. Please extend our sympathy to your father. I know that you must be so grateful to have had your mother for as long as you did. You will be in our prayers.

Nancy and Jim Boyle
Jim and Nancy Boyle
June 18, 2009
Dear Williams Family. I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Williams' death, particularly having seen Penny so recently at our MI reunion. I remember so many times with you all - your bridge playing and trips with mom and dad - and working at Pappagallo when Eads was at the bank in St. Louis! Peace and blessings to you all. You are in my prayers.
Debby Roulhac Poitevent
Debby Poitevent
June 10, 2009
Our heart felt condolences go out to you at this time. Mothers are precious and never replaced, so we pray you find smiles between the tears your family will share. Sincerely, SS Arboretum Team
Colleen Seabert
June 9, 2009
Mr. Williams, Grant and Penny,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. BJ was a wonderful person and I always enjoyed talking with her on the phone.
May happy memories give you comfort.
Karla Smith
June 8, 2009
Floyd & Cony Yarrington
June 8, 2009
Mr. Williams, Penny and Grant,
I was so sorry to hear the news! All the memories of our families together for so many years came pouring back in. What wonderful times and treasured memories they were!

My heartfelt prayers are with you.
Shelley Ford Sheahan
June 8, 2009
Grant,I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Phefe Lee
June 7, 2009
Dear Mr., Grant, Penny and Family,

My heart goes out to all of you on the loss of your beloved BJ. What a wonderful person she was and I am so grateful for having known her and all she has done for me. She touched so many lives with her kindness and joy of life. She made the world a better place. Take comfort in knowing she will be watching over you in heaven.

In deepest sympathy,

Sue Lamb and family
Sue Lamb
June 7, 2009
I was so saddened to hear of BJ's passing. I hope that her memory can bring you and your family some comfort. You will all be in my prayers. God Bless!!!
Kathy Farrell Ayers
June 7, 2009
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