Edwina Betty (Overstreet) Williams died on January 22, 2022. She was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on August 24, 1931 to Paul and Robbie Overstreet.
Edwina moved with her family to Richland, Washington in 1943. Her dad and uncle Leon were two of the earliest steamfitters to work on the Hanford site.
After graduation from Columbia High School in 1950, Edwina began work in the Hanford mailroom and advanced to clerical positions at Z and S Plants. She married a fellow Columbia graduate, Don Williams, on November 29, 1952. In 1954, six months pregnant with their first child, she ended her career to become a fulltime wife and mother.
Over the next 25 years, she created welcoming, nurturing, and loving homes in Richland, Benton City, Pullman, Olympia, Walla Walla, Nespelem, and Coulee Dam, Washington; Salem, Oregon; Los Angeles and Bakersfield, California; Sparks and Elko, Nevada; and Nome, Alaska. Her ability to adapt and prevail with every move was a testament to her love for her family and her commitment to them. Through all those years, it never occurred to Don or the children that they wouldn’t return to a warm home, a smile, a hug, and a hearty meal.
Edwina and Don retired in 1977 to Benton City and, later, Pasco to be near their children, Lori Sato, Mark Williams, and Lin Williams, and an amazingly large extended family that now includes four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with nearly 100 family members before Don died in 2003.
Most of her generation is now gone and those of her children’s generation have dispersed and become grandparents themselves. But all will remember Edwina as a sweet and loving person who made this world a better place through grace and dignity and love. May we all follow her example.
An indoor service arranged by Einan’s will be held at Sunset Gardens in Richland on January 29, at 1:00 PM. Everyone who knew Edwina is welcome.