Grace Edna Willett Lawrence
Funeral services for Grace Edna Willett, 92, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dudley Township Cemetery in Satanta.
Mrs. Willett died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born Oct. 10, 1916, on a farm near Tyrone in Texas County, Okla., the daughter of Walter C. and Effie Freed Clymer. At the age of 6, she moved with her family to a farm in Grant County where she attended Hillside Grade School, a one-room country school for grades one through eight. She graduated from Satanta High School in 1934 and attended Long Beach (Calif.) Community College.
Mrs. Willett taught for one year at Hillside Grade School before marriage.
She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. Mrs. Willett was active in church youth groups, the Women’s Society of Christian Service and later in United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Married Couples Sunday School class for many years in Satanta, and later was a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday School class in Lawrence. Mrs. Willett held various offices in church groups throughout the years and contributed in many ways to the life of the church.
She was a second-generation member of the SEG Club (Southeast Grant County), a rural women’s club. Mrs. Willett was a 4-H leader and a member of Cimarron Grange and Haskell County Garden Club in western Kansas. In Lawrence, she was a member of Autumn Club through the First United Methodist Church.
She married Clifford R. Willett on Aug. 6, 1938, at the Satanta M.E. Church. He preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Frieda Ogborn, Alice Ward and Marjorie Scott; three brothers, Albert Adolphus, Warren and Melvin Clymer; and a great-grandson, Dakota Pite.
Survivors include two daughters, Beth Ann Dillon, Lawrence, and Jane Ellen Dillon and husband James, Emory, Texas; five grandchildren, Paul, Karen and Deborah Dillon, Jill Belbusti and Kathleen Dailey; and five great-grandchildren, Shabre and Clementine Dillon, Annabel Pite, and Frank and Anthony Belbusti; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to the service time Monday at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials to the church of the donor’s choice, sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.