Hilda Bautz Williams
Oct. 11, 1924-Jan. 7, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral, Fla. resident Hilda Williams died Jan. 7, 2013 at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla. Hilda was an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her family and friends will always remember her ever optimistic spirit, her never ending energy and her wise and truthful words. She will be greatly missed.
Hilda was born in Bremen, Germany on Oct. 11, 1924 to Daniel and Matilda Bautz. She immigrated with her family to Milwaukee, Wis. in 1931. She attended Rufus King High School where she graduated in 1942. That same year the family moved to Connersville, where she met her future husband George Williams. They were married July 3, 1943. George’s career took Hilda and the family from Connersville to Elwood and eventually to Plymouth in 1957.
Hilda was the assistant head librarian for the Plymouth Public Library for more than 15 years. She was instrumental in funding, directing and managing the construction of the new library which was completed in 1979. Hilda also participated in many organizations including the Parkview Hospital Pink Ladies and the Miss Plymouth Pageant. In 1967 she was one of the founding members of the now annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival.
Upon retirement in 1980, Hilda and George moved to Palm Harbor, Fla. This was home until 1993 when they relocated to Cape Coral, Fla. where she served as president of her condominium association until 2012.
Hilda was preceded in death by George, her husband of 69 years. She is survived by her three children and spouses, David A Williams (Sandra) of Heath, Texas, Daniel G. Williams (Linda) of Carrollton, Texas and Richard P. Williams (Mary Jane) of Cape Coral, Fla., as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Coral where Hilda volunteered for its children’s Little Angels special needs program. In lieu of flowers, Hilda has requested memorials be given to one’s charity of choice.