Grace E. Williams

Oct. 3, 1927 – Nov. 21, 2020


Grace Emma Williams of Lincoln was born Oct. 3, 1927, to Julius F. and Erna (Sternberg) Buell in Gresham. She attended Gresham High School, graduating in 1945. On June 24, 1950, Grace was united in marriage to Philip R. Williams at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lincoln. She worked as a secretary for Hixson & Associates. In her free time, she enjoyed baking pies, gardening, games and puzzles. She was a history buff, liked old movies and was an avid Husker football fan.

Grace passed away Nov. 21, 2020, in Lincoln, at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 18 days. She is survived by her children, John Barry (Diane) Williams, Jacksonville, Florida, Lisa Marie (Gary) Mills, Panama City Beach, Florida, Bradley D. Williams, Lincoln, and Renee M. (Jerry) Shay, Lincoln; grandchildren, Rachel (Jacob) Holman, Bryan Mills, Laura (Logan) Cosby, Erin (Scott) Gropp, Joshua Williams and Sarah Shay; great-grandchildren, Hazel Holman, Aster Holman, Cecelia Holman, Jax Gropp, Amelia Gropp, Ava Gropp, Brielle Mills, Emmy Cosby and Xavier Williams. Grace was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Erna Buell; husband, Philip Williams; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herbert and Beulah Buell, Cy and Alice Buell, brother, Hugo Buell; sister and brother-in-law, Hannah and Delmer Richters; and sister, Florence Buell. 

A Funeral Mass was Nov. 30 with burial at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Gresham. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gresham Community center or the donor's choice. Condolences may be left for the family at


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