A graveside service for Lilalee Williams, 96, of Lacona, will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Newbern Cemetery on Monday, December 5, 2022. Family will receive friends at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Lacona prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Memorials are requested to the Lacona Rescue Unit or to the SEW Little League/Haltom Field.
Lilalee was born April 2, 1926, in Lacona, Iowa, she was the fourth child of six raised by George and LV Stokesbury Haltom. She attended school in Lacona and graduated from Lacona High School in 1943. She always said she had a great childhood growing up in Lacona and was known to be a little bit ornery. Once she painted “no school today” on the street outside the school, causing school to be cancelled that day. And being friends with the local undertaker’s son, they would often drive the hearse around having a little fun. She knew her future husband, Loyd Williams her entire life, but they did not start dating until he returned from WWII. They were married in 1950. Lilalee and Loyd lived in Waterloo for a few years after they were married before returning to Lacona. The couple was blessed with four sons: Lloyd, Paul, Roger, and Farrin. Loyd passed away in June of 1994 and Lilalee remained on the farm south of Lacona for the rest of her life.
Lilalee loved country music. It’s been said that she would run over her husband to see George Strait. She loved going to concerts and was able to see George multiple times along with Alan Jackson, Reba McIntyre, Ricky Van Shelton, Alabama, Clint Black, and many others. She would listen to the country countdown and keep notebooks on which songs topped the charts. Lilalee also loved baseball, especially the Yankees and Joe Torre.
Lilalee loved the farm and watering her cows, you might say she was a bit of a homebody as she used the cows as an excuse to stay home when she didn’t want to go out. She loved a good cup of dark dark coffee, and the grandchildren remember a good game of Go Fish and her baked goodies. She made excellent potato salad and pasta salad and always kept green ketchup in her refrigerator. She also enjoyed her shows and really missed “As the World Turns” when it went off the air.
Lilalee passed away at the age of 96 years on December 1, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd; her parents, George and LV; siblings: Bryant, Darwin, Mildred, and Hazel; and grandson, Sullivan Williams.
She will be greatly missed by her children: Lloyd (Beverly) Williams of Glenwood, Paul Williams of Lacona, Roger (Vicki) of Winterset, and Farrin (Dana) of Lacona; 35 grandchildren and great grandchildren; along with a sister, Delores Roby of Knoxville; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.