GRANGEVILLE: With profound sadness we announce the passing of our loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, Phyllis C. Williams who died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday August 30th at the graceful age of 100.
She was born February 3, 1920, in Cottonwood, Idaho, to Alice and Raymond Downer.
As a child she lived in Clarkston and Lewiston with her younger sister, Marcia, before the family settled in Grangeville. After graduating from Grangeville High School, she worked as a receptionist and dispatcher for the Forest Service. Her father, Raymond, had built several of the forest service lookout towers at that time.
In 1940, she married James Buel Williams of Grangeville and the two proudly ranched in the area for over 60 years.
Phyllis was a member of the First Christian Church of Grangeville where she was very active in many roles over the years including event coordinator, Sunday school, youth groups, participated in the prayer line and scheduled greeters until she was 99 years old. For several years she was an active member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, local cancer drive and helped with many election years alongside her mother, Irene. Her valiant spirit and incredible faith in family, church and community will carry on for generations. She will forever be in our hearts and will graciously guide us along the way.
Her family wishes to thank Syringa Hospice and all the compassionate caregivers who provided for Phyllis.
Survivors include a son Bill (Gail) Williams of Orofino and daughter Sherry Morrison of Grangeville; six grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Alice and Raymond Downer, her beloved husband James Buel Williams, a twin son Gerald, and a sister Marcia Hudson.
Due to family member health and covid safety, the family will be holding a public viewing at Blackmer Funeral Home Thursday, September 3rd from 1-4pm. In addition, the family will hold a private graveside ceremony at Prairie View Cemetery at Grangeville to honor their beloved mother and grandmother. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.