Betty Marie Williams age 86 of Denver, Colo., formerly of rural Hettinger, N.D. passed away on the morning of March 11, 2016. Betty was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2013.
This long battle of cancer led her to her journey with God. Betty passed away at her daughter’s home in Denver.
Betty was born in Lemmon, S.D. on March 18, 1929. Betty was the daughter of Robert and Nora Hoffman. She had five siblings, Paula Johnson of Lemmon, S.D., Rhonki Shockley or Twin Falls, Idaho, Rodney Hoffman of Morristown, S.D. and Alan Hoffman of Lemmon, S.D. Betty and her five siblings were raised on the family farm west of Lemmon.
Betty attended rural elementary school and attended Lemmon High School; Betty excelled in her studies and she graduated with honors.
Betty married Ray Williams of rural Haynes, N.D. on June 5, 1948. They made their home on Williams Ranch south of Haynes. She was a devoted wife and mother of Sara and Russell. She worked inside and outside the home with chores. She had a love for gardening, oil paintings and singing in the church choir. Betty was especially good with numbers and bookkeeping.
Betty and Ray retired in 1992 and moved to Bismarck. They later purchased a home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. for the winter months. Together Betty and Ray enjoyed traveling, playing cards and fishing.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Nora Hoffman, her husband Ray Williams and infant son Vaughn Leroy Williams. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Sara and Jim D’Incecco of Denver, Colo., Sara and Jim’s two sons and families, Eric and Amy D’Incecco, Mario D’Incecco all of Denver, Russell and Roberta Williams of rural Hettinger, N.D. and Russell and Roberta’s children Lexy and Reece Williams both of Hettinger.
A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held at Williams Ranch later on this summer.