Janie Pauline Williams was born March 30, 1935, to Jens and Anna Nelson, and died March 11, 2017, at Cottesmore Nursing Home, after living a full life and ready to spend eternity with her dear savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Williams was born in Vaughn and lived most of her life there, where she fished for trout in a local creek, walked to school in 3 feet of snow and watched orcas in Vaughn Bay. She attended Vaughn Grade School, which later became the Key Peninsula Civic Center, graduated from Peninsula High School in 1954, and attended one year of college at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
She married Clifford Irving Williams of Poulsbo in 1957 and, although they divorced after 17 years, she thought of him as her husband all her life.
Janie Williams enjoyed designing wedding cakes, sewing clothes for community friends, providing caretaker services to elderly friends and serving at a local thrift shop. Her favorite job was being a mom.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Sally Cornman and Myrtle Cragun and her brother Rudy Nelson, all of Vaughn. She would often tell stories of her two older, firecracker sisters and her easygoing brother who drove an old pickup truck with no speedometer.
She is survived by her son Andy Williams (Kimberly) of Gig Harbor and grandchildren Joshua Williams (Anna) of Anchorage, Caleb Williams of Kirkland and Sarah Williams of Tampa; and by her daughter Julie Johnson (Chris, deceased) and her grandchildren Rachel Johnson, Erik Johnson, Zoe Johnson and Anna Johnson, all of Vaughn. She cherished her two children and always enjoyed keeping up with her seven grandchildren.
Those wishing to honor Williams’ memory and celebrate her life are invited to attend a memorial service on her behalf at Burley Bible Church in Port Orchard Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m.
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