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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