Beverly Ann Williams passed away peacefully on the evening of October 27, 2021. She lived 92 years. She was born to Claude and Mary Katherine Cates in Evansville, Indiana, on May 23, 1929, the first of three siblings.
She attended Emmanuel Missionary College (now known as Andrews University). In college, she studied Secretarial. Shortly after arriving on campus, Robert David Williams caught her eye. They were married the following year. Soon after, they began their family. Ann was a supportive and devoted pastor’s wife and mother.
In 1963, they were invited to Lodi, California, where Bob became head pastor of the Lodi Central Seventh-day Adventist Church (now known as English Oaks). In the summer of 1969, they moved to the Bay Area where Bob had accepted a leadership role for the Northern California Conference Office. Ann also started working at the Conference Office. She worked for a few different department heads. The Youth Department was her longest and most enjoyable. Many of those years she was also the camp secretary at Leoni Meadows. When she left the Conference Office in 1990, she then became the church secretary of English Oaks. She retired from the Conference Office after 25 years of service.
Ann and Bob chose to return to Lodi and retired among the church family they had grown to hold dear. Ann loved her Lord and was devoted to the welfare of her family, friends, church and community. She and Bob had four children together: David, Charles, Marcia and Johnathan. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Sue; her son, David; and her husband, Bob.
She leaves to mourn: her brother Ken (Linda), Inverness, FL; son Chuck (Susie), Auburn, CA; daughter Marci (JR), Lodi, CA; son John (Clark), Dallas, TX; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren - soon to have been 9.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lodi English Oaks SDA Church on Monday, November 15th at 4 PM. Masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Leoni Meadows Recovery fund. The website is http://www.leonimeadows.org. A private burial will take place at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.