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Ethel Ardenia Williamson

May 23, 2011 by Anonymous

Thursday, February 16, 1922
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 2:00pm
White’s Chapel of Memories
Other Arrangements: 
Internment in Memory Gardens of the Valley Cemetery. Visitation is from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday at White’s Chapel of Memories.
Funeral Home: 
White's Funeral Home

Ethel Ardenia Williamson

Ethel was born February 16, 1922 in the Bunger community of rural Young County to Coy D. and Millie Gathings. Ethel graduated from Graham High School in 1940 and moved to Fort Worth in 1943 to contribute to the World War II production effort at the Consolidated Aircraft Factory building B-24 Liberators. Ethel, her sister Nell and thousands of “Rosie the Riveters” just like her, worked 12 hours a day six days a week, often on the night shift, until victory at the end of the war in September 1945. There she met Arthur Williamson who had come to Fort Worth from Tennessee seeking the better job opportunities offered in Texas. Arthur and Ethel were married on June 22, 1946 and made their home in the Poly neighborhood in Fort Worth where they raised three children and attended Birchill Baptist Church where she was the organist and children’s music director. Ethel also taught private piano lessons.

Ethel had a great love of music. She took piano lessons and studied through correspondence classes to attain a certificate in music education. The family moved to Weatherford in 1968 and moved their church membership to First Baptist Church in Weatherford. Ethel was active in the children’s music program and when the church opened Weatherford’s first licensed professional daycare center Ethel was the center’s music director. She was affectionately known to the children as “Ms. Ethel”. Ethel continued in that role until she retired. Ethel loved her students and also caring for her five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; a teenage brother, Milton; her sister, Geneva; her daughter, Linda Barnstein and Linda’s husband, Rex Barnstein; and an infant son.

Survivors: Her husband of 65 years, Arthur Williamson of Eastland; son Malcolm Williamson and wife, Pat of Carbon, TX.; daughter, Elaine Carter and husband, Ronnie of Weatherford; sister, Nell Goodson of Fort Worth; brother, Leonard Gathings and wife Joyce of Graham; grandchildren, Lisa Fuller and husband, Steve of North Richland Hills, Brian Barnstein of Hurst, Lesley Belle and husband, James of Austin, Rebecca Perales and husband, Michael of Weatherford, Austin Carter and wife, Jennifer of Weatherford; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

  • Aledo Ladycats at Joshua, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Hughes at Burleson High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Cleburne, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Burleson Centennial at AHS Softball Field, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Burleson Kerr at Aledo High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, April 10

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