MOSINEE, Wis. — Ione Etta McEathron Williams, 99, formerly of Sugar Grove has passed from her temporary life into her eternal life in Heaven. Ione died at Acorn Hill Senior Living Community, Mosinee, Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23, 2017.
Nurtured by her parents, the Rev. Alexander and Ida McEathron, in her belief that Jesus Christ is our personal Savior, Ione was baptized at age 10, in the Chippewa River by her father. She began to serve the Lord at an early age at Highbanks Church of Christ, rural Holcombe, one of many churches her circuit-riding father started in northwestern Wisconsin. Ione was born Sept. 14, 1918, in Hillsdale, Barron County, Wis. The family moved to the Mud Brook Valley, west of Holcombe, when she was 2 ½, where she lived until her marriage to George Williams of Sugar Grove. She graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1937. Ione and George were married on Christmas Day, 1938, by her father.
After George returned from World War II, they raised three daughters on the Williams Family Century Farm at Sugar Grove. Ione called Sugar Grove Church of Christ her home church from 1939 until her death. She served there many years teaching all ages. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Hamilton-Harris Post 447, Viola, since 1948. Ione was a very good mother, grandmother, and homemaker. Even through the hard times of life, she was always loving, gentle, cheerful, and kind. She was dearly loved by her daughters and their families, for her faithful and thoughtful expressions of love for them in so many ways.
She worked very hard alongside her husband doing the farm work. Though she was always busy, she managed to steal time here and there to use her endless creative gifts. Her poetry was published and awarded, her artwork is treasured by family, her autobiography sold out. Her sewing clothed her children, and her needlework beautified their homes. She loved to sing praises of the Lord as she walked the woods and fields of the farm with her young children. She shared with them her joy in the beauty of God’s creation. “Without Him I would not be,” she would say. At age 71, lone sold the farm after her husband’s death and moved to nearby Readstown. When she was 86, her children moved her to Mosinee in 2004, to be near them.
Ione is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Patricia (Carl Przychocki) Herschberger of Mosinee, Jean (Rick) Madden, Stevens Point, Wis., and Eloise (Robert) Moodie, Plover, Wis.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Marie (Heath) Martens and daughter, Sophie, Daniel (Emily) Herschberger and son, Dennis, Melissa (Clayton) LaBelle and children, Heather and Nathen, John (Annmarie) Moodie and children, Lily, Claire, Ava, Noah and Ethan, and Scott Moodie; one sister-in-law, Faerie Jane Sellenberg of South Bend, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, Ione was preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Dennis Herschberger and Wayne Dahl; brother, Donald McEathron and wife, Etta; brother, Elmer McEathron and first wife, Esther; half-brother, Gayle McEathron and wife, Anna; half-sister, Garnet McEathron; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Sugar Grove Church of Christ, four miles east of Readstown on Hwy. 14. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery after the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sugar Grove Cemetery Association. simefuneralforum.com.