Sunday, April 9, 2017

Reunited In Heaven-A Love Story

The hearts and souls of Jerry C. Williams and Patsy C. Williams are united together forever in Heaven.

Jerry Williams born December 10, 1943, in Springerville, Arizona passed away October 18, 2016 in Reno, Nevada. He was 73. His wife of 54 years followed her beloved husband when she passed away in Reno, Nevada, just three months later on January 25, 2017 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Pat was 74.

Jerry and Pat met at Morenci, Arizona High School. Jerry was an athlete lettering in all the sports he participated in. He was a football star scoring many touchdowns for the Morenci, Arizona Wildcats in the position of halfback. Jerry was also a basketball star, as well as a star member of the track and field team. These athletic accomplishments earned him a scholarship at Western New Mexico University in Silver City where he studied engineering.

Throughout their lives, Pat always cheered Jerry on. In high school, Pat was on the sidelines as a cheerleader all four years of high school. She was also involved in many high school plays participated in the drama club, the Girl’s Glee Club, Student Council and many other clubs.

Jerry began working at the age of 12 delivering milk before school to support his love of sports and his goal to buy a red Chevrolet truck, which he did. He spent his summers working on his family’s farm in the White Mountains of New Mexico. Jerry and his brother, Jim Williams, of Luna, New Mexico, began their farming chores at daybreak so the two could explore the White Mountains and fish and hunt together in the afternoons.

Pat often picked cotton in the summers alongside her family, two brothers and two sisters and their mother in Safford, Arizona where she was born October 2, 1943, before moving to Morenci, Arizona.
Married in 1962 in Morenci, Arizona, the two raised three daughters, Malinda Reaves of Kingman, Arizona and Henderson, Nevada, Patty Hulbert and Penny Adams of Reno, Nevada.

Being parents was their most beloved position. Together they provided their children with weekend trips to many unique locations throughout Arizona, New Mexico, California and Nevada. Summer weekends were spent water skiing on Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The many adventures exploring these unique locations, provide stories, which will be retold for generations to come. The best gift they gave their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was the priceless gift of their time and tremendous love, as well as an appreciation of the little things in life that matter so much.

Jerry retired in 2014 from the Mohave County Engineering Department in Kingman, Arizona. Prior to this position, Jerry had many jobs in engineering that provided him the opportunity to move his family to many towns throughout Arizona and Nevada. He also worked as the Chief Survey Engineer at Anaconda Minerals Company in Tonopah, Nevada before relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada to work as the Mine Superintendent at Viceroy Gold Corporation just outside of Searchlight, Nevada.

In 2003, Jerry and Pat returned to their dream town of Lake Havasu City, Arizona until moving to Reno, Nevada in 2015 to be close to their two daughters and grandchildren.

Pat worked at the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Kingman, Arizona. She also worked as an executive secretary at Anaconda Minerals Corporation and Citi Bank in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her favorite position was that of wife and mother. She was a Girl Scout leader and a daily volunteer while her children were in elementary school. Pat had old-fashioned values. She sewed her children’s clothes, baked chocolate-chip cookies, prepared wonderful family dinners and endless amounts of Christmas treats for all of her family.

Together Jerry and Pat coached a Bobby Sox team in Safford, Arizona.The team they coached went undefeated in each of the two seasons the two coached.

Jerry and Pat are also survived by four granddaughters and two grandsons, as well as two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

They are also survived by their beloved German-Short-Hair Pointer, Reyah Blue. Reyah was Jerry’s pride and joy and bird hunting partner. She provided Jerry and Pat much happiness during their last years. Reyah was their best companion; later Reyah learned to be their service dog.

Always remember it is the little things that matter most. Our hearts are broken but we have their everlasting love in our hearts.
Services for Pat and Jerry will be private. Donations in the name of Patsy C. Williams to the Parkinson’s disease research organizations would be appreciated.

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