Annis B Williams

March 08, 2017

Annis B Williams

Annis Bridges Williams completed her journey through life February 10th, 2017 in Santa Paula California.  Annis died exactly as she wanted, in her own home and she always said she hoped to live to be ninety! 

She did not use medications of any sort. This along with a good diet, never using tobacco, plenty of exercise and fresh air left her free from illness and in extremely good health. She was a firm believer in keeping your mind and body active. She maintained her cheerfulness and alertness until she left us. 

Annis began her life journey June 11th, 1921 in Missouri and after the death of her father in 1926, she came to Santa Paula with her mother and sisters Beatrice, Marjorie and Mary. Later her mother re- married and a sister Joan was born.  

In 1940 Annis married Lawrence Williams and soon after they moved to San Francisco.  In December 1942 she returned to Santa Paula when Lawrence entered World War II. From that time until the war ended she worked at the Port Hueneme Naval Base. 

February, 1947 Lawrence Jr. (Larry) was born. Annis gave him love and undivided attention. When Larry entered school, again she became employed. Annis worked over thirty years as Administrative Assistant for the Santa Paula School District working with seven different superintendents until she retired in June, 1986.

She possessed a remarkable memory and keen business sense. She was an independent woman, her strong will and determination helped her deal with life’s adversities with strength and wisdom. She was kind, generous and loving. She was always ready and willing to help family, friends and neighbors. She was admired even by strangers who would remark about her agility, alertness, fine taste in clothes and beautiful hair. 

Annis was a volunteer; she was a docent for the Santa Paula Art Museum, the California Oil Museum, a member of the Santa Paula Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Blanchard Library FLAIR program and a longtime member of the Santa Paula Ebell Club. 

She enjoyed her backyard with its many trees and flowers. At home, she could usually be found in her backyard tending to her flowers and wide assortment of orchids. 

Her attention to detail was expressed in the numerous pieces of antique furniture she refinished, caning chairs, making wool braided rugs and last she attempted painting with oils. Annis enjoyed collecting antiques, traveling, playing cards and TV game shows. 

She is preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, August, 1977, son Larry October, 1995, sister Beatrice Hickerson, September, 1988 sister Joan Fultz, October 1999 and sister Mary Stone in 2016. 

Annis enjoyed the companionship of her devoted best friend Harold L. Mears until his death in July 2001. She is survived by her sister Marjorie Swarner, Glenn CA, several nieces and nephews, cousins Richard and Tabia Rentfrow and Doris Grossi, Grapevine TX and a long circle of extended family who will remember her.  

Memorial donations may be made to California Oil Museum 1101 E. Main Street, Santa Paula CA, 93060 and Santa Paula Art Museum 117 N.10th St, Santa Paula Ca, 93060. Services were held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 1:30pm Conejo Mountain Funeral Home Santa Rosa Chapel and burial followed.

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