April 28, 2011
Lois Geraldine "Jerry" Haskins Williamson
Lois Geraldine "Jerry" Haskins Williamson, aged 92, passed away in the Midland Memorial Hopsital on Wednesday morning, 20 April 2011.
Her husband of 63 years, J C Williamson, predeceased her in Midland on 13 August 2001. A daughter, Margaret W. Hillin, predeceased her in 2009. She leaves behind four children; daughter Toni W. Croft (husband Chancy Croft) of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Mary Jane W. Wilmeth (husband Tome Wilmeth) of Midland, Texas; daughter, Charla WIlliamson of Midland, Texas; and a son, Ralph Ervin Williamson of San Antonio, Texas (wife Marsha Cope Huie). Her grandchildren are: Connie Barnes, Christi Sockwell, Anna Busick, and Steve Feris of Midland, Mary Fawn Duval and Leslie Moore of Tyler; Kim Croft Miller of Portland, Oregon, Eric Croft and "Lee" Leland Croft of Anchorage, Alaska; Bobby Hillin Jr.. Debbie Hillin Lamb, and Adrianne Hillin Lawless of Houston; and "Amy" Charlotte Amalie Williamson of San Antonio, "Liz" Elizabeth Anne WIlliamson of London and Austin, and Barbara Halina WIlliamson of Austin. Also, two brothers survive her; Rayburn Haskins of Quito, Ecuador, and Paul Haskins of Carrollton, Texas. She leaves 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was an imaginative and gifted homemaker, a gourmet cook, a life master in bridge, a charter member with her husband of the Midland Country Club, and a member of the Cotillion Club, and the Petroleum Club of Midland. A talented horticulturist, she was for many years an active member of the local Garden Club. She played competitive tennis in the Texas State Championship and taught family to play on the family tennis court. She taught piano to her daughter Toni, inculcating a love for music passed on to her grandchildren. Jerry's understanding of beauty and color was apparent in the paintings she collected, and the decorations in, and landscaping of their homes. She and her late husband were widely traveled in Europe and South America and active in Stanford University parents' travel group. One of their memorable trips was seeing Western Europe after World War II.
Born 12 December 1918 to Ernest R. Haskins and Eva Ruth Myers Haskins, she graduated from Lasbuddie High School (near Muleshoe, Texas) as valedictorian in 1933. She graduated in 1937 from Texas Tech University at age 19 holding a Bachelor's of Science degree in Home Economics, with honors, and intending to become a dietitian. Love interfered with those plans, and so immediately after graduation she married JC Williamson, well-known Midland geologist and independent oil operator and wildcatter. Jerry married JC Williamson at the Methodist Church next to the Haskins family residence in Wolfforth, Texas, outside Lubbock, and their marriage lasted 63 years.
She moved to Midland in 1937 with her husband, JC (John Conwell) Williamson, where he worked for Phillips Oil Company as a staff geologist. He became an independent oil producer in 1944, and remained an independent until his death in August 2001. Jerry was a loving mother. She was always there for her children with support, emotional and financial, and guidance when they needed her.
Mere words cannot adequately thank Dr. Gregory Bartha for years of dedicated caring for the Williamson family. The family are grateful, too, to Jerry's caregivers, especially Sylvia Gavia, Lucy Gavia Granado and Lucy's whole Granado family; to Adela Gomez; and to the efficient, caring staff of Home Care Plus. Condolences may be offered online at www.ellisfunerals.com
Requiescat in pace, Jerry
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the J.C. Williamson Scholarship Fund at Midland College, c/o the Midland College Foundation, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705. You may call the Foundation office (432) 685-4526 for more information. If you wish to make an online donation, visit Give a Gift, or you can mail your donation to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705