Bernadine “Bea” Williams


March 1, 1931 - April 30, 2019


Bernadine “Bea” Williams, 88, Emery, SD died Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

Funeral services will be 1:30 pm Friday, May 3 at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Burial will be in the Emery Community Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hettinger-Bittner Funeral Chapel in Emery.

Bernadine Marie Williams was born March 1, 1931 on a farm near Argonne, SD to Haro and Meta (Heesen) Gorath. She grew up at Howard, SD where she was baptized and confirmed in St. John’s Lutheran Church. She moved with her family to Canova where she attended high school and worked with her father in his locker plant and grocery store. On June 29, 1947 she married Clinton “Dick” Williams. They resided on a farm near Canova until moving to Emery in 1958. Bea worked at the Diamond Care Center for numerous years.

She is survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, daughters-in-law, Patricia Williams, Lynne Williams and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick in 2003, four children, David, Russell, Darla Rhodes, Sadonna Larsen, two grandsons, six brothers, three sisters and two sons-in-law.


None Scheduled


Friday, May 3, 2019
1:30 PM
St. Martin Lutheran Church
500 5th Street
Alexandria, SD 57311


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Janet Ernster Wendt on May 7, 2019
I was good friends of Darla and Sadonna when in Hugh school. The last time I saw her was at my brother Rogers funeral. Hope she is enjoying her afterlife with Dick and all four children. She deserves it💙
Posted by Joe and Sherri Schrank- Johnson on May 2, 2019
She was so good to me after my husband died and then she welcomed my new husband. Joe and I loved our visits with her.Joe would make her laugh. We will miss her
Posted by Rose Kunkel on May 2, 2019
Bea was one of the first to welcome me in Emery. I enjoyed many wonderful meals at her place, we went shopping I will always have a special place in my heart for her.
Posted by Debi Schultz Barattini on May 1, 2019
My sympathies to Bea’s family. Bra was a special woman and mentor. My mother Marriette Schultz and I worked with her at Diamond Care and enjoyed her very much. She will always have a special place in our hearts.
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