Aunt Dora by Darrel T. WIlliams (Nephew)
Contributor: finnsh Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago
Dora Margaret Williams was born October 28, 1909 and passed away November 6, 1989
Life on this earth has a beginning and an end which is definite. We have no real choice or control for either. We, as physical beings, have no choice as to when we are born and we should have no control of our death.
Dora was the youngest of four girls and five boys born to Charles Williams, Jr. and Elizabeth Jane Clements.
Life was a challenge at a very early age for Aunt Dora. Her father was ill, and passed away when she was 5 years of age. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 28, 1909.
It was hard for the family to keep body and soul together and everyone had to do their part.
About four years after her mother was widowed, she adopted a boy, Donald, which is a very interesting story in itself. Dora now nine years of age, had a lot of the responsibility of caring for him, and they were very close all his life.
Dora went to grade school in Treasureton, Idaho and high school at Richmond, Utah. Because of her struggles at an early age, Dora, became very self-sufficient and depended on no one.
When it came time for college, she did numerous jobs and with help from the family, enrolled in Utah State Agricultural College at Logan, Utah. She later went to Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.
She supported herself washing dishes, and by the time she graduated she had become the head dietician for a string of fancy restaurants, in New York, known as Schraffs.
When she returned to the west, she lived with her mother who was living in Logan, Utah.
Her desire for independence and her dream of success took her to San Francisco, California. There she struggled to make ends meet.
One time she found herself out of work and no money. She had a job interview at the Art Museum and needed a clean blouse. She was desperate, wondering what to do. When she picked up her mail at the posit office, she found a letter from one of her brothers which contained $10. She got the clean blouse and the job at the Art Museum.
As a side line to her work, she started finding work for artists, authors, actors, poets, and others.
Again seeing an opportunity, she quit the Museum and with faith in herself started an employment agency known as “The Art Jobs Agency.”
During the next 40 plus years she had interviewed over 11,000 people and found work for most of them.
She was loved by her family and kept in touch in her own way, a letter, a phone call or a quick visit as she had to get back to her work.
She and her brother, Jim, called each other about once a month. The last call came a few days before the San Francisco quake. She told Jim she was going to the hospital to have some work on her neck as it had been giving her a lot of trouble.
She entered the hospital the day before the quake. Not knowing if she was in the hospital and seeing the big fire on T.V., her family from Idaho to Texas and California were trying to locate her. We later found the fire was about 1 ½ blocks from her apartment.
It was relief to find her and a shock to find she had terminal cancer. She never left the hospital and died November 6, 1989.
Her family started gathering around to give support as they could. Her brothers were unable to go to her because of health problems, but others in the family filled in; Dale from Texas, Keokie from California and Boyd from Utah. Her death came 8 days after her 80th birthday.
As soon as I found where she was and could get through to her by telephone, I talked with her for a few minutes, but she was tired. I told her I would call on her birthday and sing Happy Birthday. When I called the day after, I could not understand her, but I sang anyway. If anyone of you has heard me sing, you know what torture it was; but I’m glad I did as I do have a final memory of her and I had an opportunity to again tell her of my love for her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers – Albert, George, Donald, the one she helped raise, and Heber and three sisters – Elizabeth, Dorma, Mae, and Laura.
She is survived by two brothers, James Taylor, age 87 of Provo, Utah and Joseph Thomas, age 84 of Hamer, Idaho.
Thus ends the life of one loved by her family and those around her, at the age of 80 years and 8 days. She loved her fellowman and always tried to build up those she came in contact.
Aunt Dora never married.
By – Nephew, Darrel T. Williams, at her funeral in Provo, Utah