Gatha Lea Williams, age 96, of Cambridge passed away February 12, 2018 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 19th at Strike Life Tributes in Cambridge. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.
Gatha Williams was a devoted wife and mother in rural West Virginia. She was a fantastic cook and could make big delicious spreads without fuss. She often cooked without recipes. Pies and homemade bread were a specialty. As children we woke up to a big pan of biscuits, eggs, sometimes fried apple pies, and she wouldn’t let us go to school without eating. She taught all 5 daughters to enjoy cooking. Mother never complained about cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening, canning, freezing, butchering chickens, or the many other things she did. All those things were just what you did to keep the family going, and she enjoyed it. Our Dad, Herold Shriver, said she was the most content woman he had ever known. Quick to laugh, she really liked people and was very positive.
At age 47 Gatha was widowed with 5 children still at home. She was a woman of faith and relied on God to help her get the children raised. Seven years later David, her youngest, had graduated high school and was headed to college. She came to Minnesota for her daughter’s wedding and met her second husband, Ralph Williams, who had been widowed for two years. She and Ralph were happily married for 19 years and resided in Braham, Minnesota. Three months ago mother moved to GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge. She was a favorite among the staff and residents with her quick smile and kind words. Hers was a life well lived.
Gatha is survived by two sons, Thomas Shriver of Mora, David Shriver of Euless, Texas and five daughters, Linda (Stuart) Chalifoux of Richmond, Virginia, Mary (Steve) Burke of Champlin, MInnesota, Judith (Charles) Hepper of Richmond, Virginia, Martha Shriver of Richmond, Virginia and Teresa (Larry) Luginbill of Harris, Minnesota; three step sons, Paul (Sandra) Williams of Pinellas Park, Florida, Robert Williams of Bloomington, Arlan (Elaine) Williams of Maple Grove, two daughters, Blanche Akkerman-Olson of Mora and Jean (Wayne) Perrins of Batesville, Mississippi. Gatha is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, as well as many, many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.
Gatha was preceded in death by husband, Herold Shriver, husband, Ralph Williams, son, Robert Shriver, grandsons, S. Michael Graham, Mark H. Graham, Michael Shriver, Kevin Shriver, step son, Ralph Williams, one sister and three brothers.