Condolence & Memory Journal

David Molson
Dec 7 (2 days ago)

to me
Jim - my sincere condolences.

It appears that your mother lived a full life and influenced many along the way what a great legacy.

The very best to you and your family,


Posted by Jim Williams - Belmont, MA - son   December 09, 2011

Galen Guengerich
Dec 5 (3 days ago)

to me

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news a hard end to accept, no matter the circumstances.

Your mom sounds wonderful! Your tribute is fitting and lovely. What a loss for you, Melissa, and Avery to be sure, but also for the rest of your family.

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during these days. And please let me know if I can help in any other way.

Take care,

Posted by jim williams - Belmont, MA - son   December 09, 2011

Thorsen Annick
Dec 4 (4 days ago)

to me
Dear Jim,

Over the years I've heard many heartwarming stories about your mother and your beautiful tribute to her reminds us of the amazing person she was.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

With my deepest sympathy,

Posted by Jim williams - Belmont, MA - son   December 09, 2011

bernard Jeanquier
11:57 AM (22 hours ago)

to Christine, me
Hello Jim,
Christine and I are extremely sorry about the passing away of your mother and we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Your message shows your fond memories and a true understanding of the challenges faced by women of her generation. My mother is exactly the same age and beside living on the other side of the Atlantic, she lived and went through most of the same events.
We wish you to overcome this difficult time as best as possible and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts at this moment.
We will be leaving for France on December 20th, coming back on January 11 and I hope we can see us all together around the early weeks of 2011.

With our deepest and friendliest sympathy,

Bernard and Christine

Posted by Jim Williams - Belmont, MA - son   December 09, 2011

So many memories on my mind of you, Hazel. So many good times shared with you too! Going to the beach, going to the Bonnet House in Ft Lauderdale, sleeping on your white davenport, dining at Aruba, partying with you, Jan and Michelle during a hurricane. I will never forget you. You will always be an inspiration to me! I still have that picture of us, last time we saw each other. God bless you and give you eternal rest.

Posted by Steve Butcher - Indianapolis, IN - friend   December 04, 2011


Dear Williams Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I know that her memory will not cease and will live on in all her beautifull children and grandchildren. They are proof of a life well lived! If there's anything I can do for the family in this difficult time, do not hesitate to contact me.

Posted by Jonathan Glass - NY, NY - friend of Jim Wlliams and family   December 04, 2011

Our mother passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving evening at age 91. She was most certainly a full participant in what Tom Brokaw referred to as the greatest generation as were most of our parents. She was born in 1920 in New Albany, Indiana and witnessed all that followed including the loss of her own father at age 16 in 1936, the Great Depression, and the loss of my father's brother Frank who was killed in US Army action in Algeria in WWII. She also said goodbye to my father four times during that war, but, as it turned out, he was never actually deployed. I think it's truly difficult to imagine what a life must have been like for an American girl, teenager, woman, wife and mother during the 20', 30's, and 40's, no?. What followed, of course, was the glorious 50's and early 60's until the turbulence of the Vietnam era emerged as we enter our own time. She was not a feminist is the sense of a Gloria Steinem, but she had a great deal of personal and gender dignity as did her mother. She was more of "woman in full" to borrow a phrase from Tom Wolfe, but in the best sense of that idea. She did not suffer fools, but she also did not antagonize trespassers as others might. We were very fortunate to have had her for such a long time as she was active until the last several months of her life. Never send for whom the bell tolls as John Donne suggests as we all of us should be so fortunate.

Posted by James Richard Williams - Belmont, MA - son   December 04, 2011

Gram...I have been so blessed to have you in my life as my Grammy and as my friend. I will forever hold dear within my heart the memories of many late nights snuggled together solving the worlds problems, visiting you and spending many wonderful days @ Ft. Lauderdale by the Sea and the wonderful days of going through your recipes (especially chili with saltines smeared with butter) and listening to the stories of your memories from the past...although they were LONG stories...I loved EVERY minute of them!!! I will remember all that you taught me about love, life and family. I will miss our winter phone calls about our beloved cardinals...OH How I miss those phone calls Gram!!! I promise to teach Zoe the journey of the red songbird Gram. Farewell...your bond of love with Grandpa will now be unbroken for all eternity. You have lived wisely...enjoy your blissful peace Gram and I will listen for your song...Love you Infinity!!!

Posted by Wendy Dyan - Avon, IN - granddaughter   December 04, 2011

Thank you Gram for being not only one of the best grandparents but also a great friend! I am so fortunate in my life to have such a close relationship with you and even more fortunate to have had the opportunity to say good-bye. There are so many things that I love about you ... your zest for life and telling me "Boboo you only live once - go for it honey" wow how I will miss hearing that; your spontaneity coming to visit me on the yacht, in south bend, the convertible rides, manatee feeding trips, camping with us; your willingness to just listen, love, and not judge; your persimmon pie and chili! Gram, we had an unspoken understanding and I truly know you loved me no matter what - if only everyone could be as lucky as I was to have a grammie like you! 'And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.' - Deuteronomy 11:19 ' There are many reasons why people bid farewell to one another. It may be difficult indeed not to look back. Yet you have to advance, even a step. As long as you advance, new hope will be born. The sun will rise. A new life will unfold for you." - Daisaku Ikeda. Don't look back Gram -- I love you!

Posted by Bob Williams - Philadelphia, PA - Grandson   December 03, 2011


Aunt Hazel was such a special person I was blessed to have her in my life. After Mom and Dad passed away Aunt Hazel became like a Mom to me, she gave me a lot of great advice and we could talk for hours and I will truly miss her. I know she is never far away as long as we carry her memories in our heart. You guys are such a special family!! God Bless Mary Kaye

Posted by Mary Kaye Williams - Borden, IN - Niece   December 02, 2011


Dear Hazel
You were my mother-in-law for over 20 years and I will never forget you. There are so many memories of you with the kids. You always enjoyed being involved in their lives whether it be sports or just talking. They loved to talk to you about your past. You were a grandmother that everyone wanted. Thank you for being my "MOM". for so many years. I learned to cook many of your specialty items and still do til this day. I especially always loved your potato salad and chilli. I know you are with your beloved Eddie and so happy and peaceful now. Love always

Posted by Shari Ford - South Bend, IN   December 01, 2011

Thanks for being my lifetime best friend. Always willing to listen, share in the joys and challenges life has to offer. Your no nonsense approach to challenges and childlike enthusiasm for the joys of life are gifts I will forever cherish and recall often.
I am smiling as I recall our years of geopolitical and historical conversations.
Most people have no idea of your insatiable interest in our world.
I will miss our conversation.
I 'm going to miss you terribly, Mom. However you deserve and have earned the life and peace that our Lord made possible. Give Dad a big hug. Peace be with you, Mom.
Love you

Posted by Joe Williams - Indianapolis, IN - first born   December 01, 2011

I love you Grammy. I will miss you dearly. Thank you for being not only my Grandmother but for being my friend. Thanks for the strength, love, and courage you gave me not only as my grandmother but as a women. Thanks for the beautiful memories that I will hold dear forever. Thanks for the stories of the past, stories of the palm trees, and all the hurricane phone calls you took from me. Thanks for being my grammy. Until we meet again....I love you.

Posted by Suzette Bartylla - mishawaka, IN - Granddaughter   December 01, 2011

This overview was simply about a girl...a girl who built her own future. She was creative, articulate and passionate with her thoughts and her accomplishments. She survived more of what most could...from sheer determination. I liked that about her. But... mostly loved that she was just a "girl" that loved one man. Celebrating you MOM and you reuniting with our DAD, Ed.....Love you.....Jan Carol

Posted by Jan Desin - West Palm Beach, FL - Daughter   December 01, 2011

Dear Williams Family,

There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. It is our hope that we have been able, in some small way, to lighten your burden and give proper reverence to a life lived. Please let us know if we can be of further service.


Brian and Bruce Buchanan
4th Generation Owners

Posted by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - Indianapolis, IN   November 29, 2011