By The Mercury

Evelyn Ruth Williams, 94, formerly of Bala and Leonardville, died Wednesday at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on Sept. 29, 1919 at Alida, Kan., the daughter of William B. and Hulda (Bohnenblust) Sprecher.

On April 29, 1940 she was married to Frank T. Williams.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 2000.

She was a school bus driver for 41 years for Bala and Riley County school districts, retiring in 1991.  She helped her husband run the Bala Service Station and keep the Bala Cemetery beautiful.  She was a member of Alida Evangelical Church, Bala Presbyterian Church, Riley Presbyterian Church and Bala Ladies Aid and Missionary Society.  Evelyn was the Bala Sunday school children’s superintendent and teacher, church pianist for 50 years and she sang in the choir.  She played the organ at Fairview Presbyterian Church once a month and helped with Bible school for many years.

She is survived by three sons, Frank Ronald Williams and wife Cheryl of Liberal, Mo., Robert Roy Williams and wife Diana of Manhattan, and Richard Alvin Williams and wife Edna of Junction City; a sister-in-law, Florence Wertenberger of Sabetha; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eldred Sprecher, and sister-in-law, Doris Sprecher.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Riley Presbyterian Church in Riley with the Rev. D. Erich Schwartz officiating.  Respect calls may be made anytime Friday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 Friday evening.  Burial will be in the Bala Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for the Riley Presbyterian Church and PRN Home Health and Hospice.  Memorial contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

Condolences may be left for the family at http://www.pfeifleyfuneralhome.com.

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