Billie Louise (Crow) Williams

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Louise Williams, 93, of San Saba died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Brownwood following a year's struggle to regain her mobility from a broken hip. A determined native Texan, she simply could not overcome a recent diagnosis of bone cancer. A private graveside service was held Thursday at San Saba Oddfellows Cemetery where she now lies adjacent to her late husband, Joy Royce Williams. She was born on March 7, 1925 in Graham, Texas. Her parents were Samuel D. Crow and Bana Mae (Simmons) Crow, and she spent much of her formative years during the Great Depression on Crow Mountain and Rock Creek in southern Young County with her older sister, Dorothy Mae, and younger brother, Joe Donald, on a place to which their grandfather, a founder of the Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, had returned after being an early Texas trail driver. Louise, always a very bright student and trend setter, graduated from Graham High School during World War II and moved to Fort Worth to work in aircraft design at General Dynamics, where she met and married the true love of her life and father of her children. They later assumed his father's construction business there and together they studied their way into developing the marble mining and milling business at San Saba, known as TAA, at which she had worked 57 years up until last summer. In Arlington, Texas, they helped organize the Arlington Gem & Mineral Club, with whom they often made field trips to Central Texas with their children. Their enthusiasm for (and knowledge of) rocks and minerals was legendary; and they furthered their interest by operating a hobby store, Arlington Mineral Shop, for several years before moving to San Saba in 1960. In San Saba, Louise was active in the First Presbyterian Church. She helped with the development of "the old nine" at the municipal golf course, as well as numerous school and community projects. She also greatly enjoyed being a member of the Pierian Study Club. She is survived by her brother, four children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Louise regularly gave to Memorial Sloan Kettering (www.giving.mskcc.org), but memorials in her honor should be made to the charity of your choice.

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