On Thursday, January 28, 2016 Reta Miller Williams left for her final piano gig in Heaven. Her husband and son beckoned her to come home. A visitation will be on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. at Auburn Union Park Masonic Temple (3843 6th Ave, Des Moines, Iowa, 50313). Graveside services will follow the visitation at Avon Cemetery in Carlisle.
Reta was one of eleven children born to Carl and Ivabelle (Hicks) Miller in Motor, Iowa on February 19, 1920. She was born in the year women first got to vote and could have their say. She took full advantage and lived her life accordingly. Reta loved the piano and taught herself how to play at 6 years old in the church basement. She continued to study the piano as well as many other things throughout her life. Reta was a 50 year member of The Eastern Star, 25 year member of VFW, and a volunteer piano player for the Senior Citizens Program. Reta married Wayne Williams in 1941 (deceased 1985). The couple resided in Johnston where they raised their children Marcia and Craig (deceased in 2000).
Those left to her celebrate her life are her daughter, Marcia Biegger; grandchildren Matthew Biegger, Mindi (David) McDonald, Chris Williams, and Mike Williams; 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Ardith Gash, and Chloris Haas; dear friend Lloyd Smith; and of course her beloved piano.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Fluffy Butts Rescue, 503 E. Locust, Des Moines, Iowa, 50309 or directed to the family.
Celebrate Life Iowa has been entrusted with the care of Reta and her family.
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Reta was a talented, fun and lovely lady. I met her through Omega Nu, a philanthropic sorority. She shared her music with us along with her dear friend, Roberta Forret, a delightful pair!! Sympathy to all. Pat Van Lent
Scott And Jeri Baysinger lit a candle in memory of Reta Williams
So much love with a lifetime of memories. Special place in our heart always. Thankful for growing up with you & your family. And staying close all these years. I will hear you & Mom say, love you to each other forever. And I'm thankful that's how we ended our calls! Prayers to Marcia, family & Lloyd. You are already welcomed to your heavenly home by your incredible husband, your son and other friends singing to your eternal music. We'll miss you so, until we meet again.Love Jeri (Forret) & Scott Baysinger:heart:
Love you always and still know we're having our frequent talks and travels. I will remember all good things, and have too many to share. I know you're with me always. Berta Forret
The congregatin of St Paul Presbyterian Church of Johnston, IA, where Rita was a charter member, would like to extend our condolences to the family. May the hope of the resurrection to Eternal Life sustain you all through the days to come.
Ryan F. purchased the Pink Tribute Spray for the family of Reta Williams.
Rose Impression was purchased for the family of Reta Williams.
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