Longtime resident of the Kern River Valley, Margaret Jane Williams, of Paradise Cove, died in her home on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the age of 89. The eldest daughter of Elmer and Lenoir (Buster) Parker, she was born at the family farm in Caviness, TX. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1941 where Margaret attended Franklin High School and Pepperdine College, earning a BS degree in Home Economics. It was at Pepperdine where Margaret Parker met Robert “Bo” Williams. They married in 1950 and had three children: Patricia, Pamela and Wesley. In 1955 they bought the property at Paradise Cove and began working and planning to make a new life there. In 1966, the Williamses made their final move to the Valley.
Margaret worked as a waitress, bartender, bookkeeper, grounds keeper, and hostess for the family business. But her day job was teaching. With the guidance of Winnie Henderson, Margaret started teaching at the South Fork School, and over the next 30 years she taught at South Fork, Kernville, and Woodrow Wallace, both full time and as a substitute. After her retirement she pursued her love for sewing and textiles. Her experience in teaching served her well when, in 2002, she suffered a stroke that resulted in Aphasia and had to teach herself how to communicate.
As part of the community, Margaret was a member of Eastern Star, Golden Slipper, Rainbow for Girls, the National Exchange Club, and Bronc Boosters. She was a volunteer with the Hospital Auxiliary Skilled Nursing Center, CASA, teacher supervisor, and participated in various sewing and Bible study groups. Her home was always open to all. You could drop by for lunch and be sure that she would find something for you to do.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Bo Williams, in 2001. She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Hensley, her three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Over the years, Margaret had numerous, what she called “step-in children”; they too have lost a loving mother.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella on Saturday, March 16, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you contribute to a charity of your choice and take a moment to appreciate the wonders of the life you share.