THELMA RUTH BENNET WILLIAMS
Mrs. Thelma Ruth Bennett Williams, 98, of Overton formerly of Kilgore passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007 at Overton Healthcare Center. Private Memorial Service will be held Saturday at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.
Mrs. Williams is survived by five of her six children, Donald and wife Juanita of Albuquerque, NM, Richard and wife Rosemarie of Baltimore, MA, Evelyn Imbodine and husband Gary of Kilgore, Barbara Bailey Levine and husband Jerry of Longview. Her youngest son Jay died March 22, 2000.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1911 to Robert and Pearl Holsey in Bartlesville, OK. In 1916 she lived on the Osage Indian Reservation near Pawhuska, OK with foster parents Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lamb, the federal Indian Agent. After rejoining her mother and step-father Edward Voight, she finished high school in Borger. She met and married Thurman Irsch Bennett in 1927 in Borger. They moved to Kilgore in 1935. Although she spent most of her life in Kilgore, she lived in Albuquerque with her parents where she was a supervisor of the famous Fred Harvey Restaurant and was in a movie about the Harvey girls featuring Gary Cooper.
T.I. Bennett died in 1979. Later she lived in Santa Barbara, CA., San Bernadino, CA where she married Albert Williams who also preceded her in death. Afterwards, she took a job in Ventura, CA as a housekeeper for the Ventura Mission headed by Catholic Priest Msrg. Weber. She moved back to Kilgore and lived with her daughter Evelyn for a while. Always very active, she cared for ducks and geese and mowed 7 acres on a tractor until age 85. Subsequently, she lived with her younger son Jay until his death. Since then she lived under the care of her youngest daughter Barbara and husband Jerry Levine