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Williams, Willabell
Willabell Williams, 90, of Galesburg, died at 3:36 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

She was born December 30, 1920 in Grand Chain, Ill., the eldest child and daughter of Samuel David and Mary Catherine Crossland Hall. She married Floyd L. Williams on December 24, 1945 in Galesburg. He preceded her in death on December 6, 2002.She is survived by a step-daughter, Priscilla Lockhart of Springfield, Ill.; four step grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren; four step great great grandchildren; a brother, Rolland E. Hall of Galesburg; three sisters, Geraldine Mitchell of Peoria, Ill., Betty Hall-Lawton of Galesburg, and Louise E. Porter of Waterloo, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.Willabell graduated from Galesburg High School in 1939. She earned her bachelors degree from Knox College in 1961. In 1970, she was awarded a Lambda State Helen A. Messenger Scholarship, which helped her attain her Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Western Illinois University in 1972.Willabell worked in Galesburg School District 205 for 24 years.

During her career, she taught social studies at the junior high level and was a guidance counselor at Galesburg junior and senior high schools. She also served as Student Council sponsor for 12 years. Willabell also taught English, Math, and French at the Carver Community Center.Willabells community activities were numerous. She was a lecturer on race relations, guest columnist for the Galesburg Register-Mail, was a Girl Scout leader, and served on the Knox County United Way board, District 205 Board of Education, Galesburg Public Library board, and the Galesburg Police and Fire Commissions. She was a member of American Association of University Women and Illinois Association of Women Deans. Willabell was a loyal member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and had served on the Catholic Social Service board. On November 4, 1996, she received the Thomas B. Herring Award from the city of Galesburg. On June 6, 1998, Willabell received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Knox College.In 1966, she was inducted into the Alpha Rho Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, where she served on many chapter committees and was past president. She was involved on the state level as well, where she served on the Scholarship and Personnel Committees.While Floyd was alive, they enjoyed traveling both in the United States and abroad.

After retirement, Willabell enjoyed listening to music, reading, knitting, and keeping in close contact with her family.Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Rev. Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, where the rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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