Martha Williamson


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Posted Online: May 04, 2013, 7:48 pm
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Martha J. Williamson, 94, of Sun City, Ariz., formerly of Rock Island, died March 26, 2013, at Banner Hospice, Sun City.
A joint memorial service for Martha and her son, George, who died hours later, will be noon Saturday, May 11, at the Hauberg Civic Center, Rock Island.
Martha Westendorf was born Dec. 17, 1918, near Alpha, Iowa, one of six children born to Henry and Effie Westendorf. She married John B. Williamson on Nov. 27, 1947, in Alpha. He died Sept. 9, 2008.
While in her 40s, Martha returned to school and became an L.P.N. and worked at the former St. Anthony's Hospital, Rock Island.
Survivors include daughters-in-law, Sandra Williamson, Rock Island, and Sue Ann Massey Williamson, Greenwich, Conn.; grandchildren, Carrie Williamson, Cathy (Jamey) Hodge, John (Cindy) Williamson, Jesse Williamson, Tommy Williamson and Emily (Ethan) Friedman; great-grandchildren, Katie (Eric), Jack, Caroline, Martha, Matthew (Morgan), Dakota and Johnny; and great-great-granddaughter, Olivia. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John; and five brothers and sisters. Her son, George Williamson, also died March 26, 2013.












 




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1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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