Lanelle Williamson


Lanelle Stewart Williamson died on May 9, 2018, in Palestine after an extended illnesses. She was born in Madisonville on Oct. 9, 1935. She attended school there through 1949, when the family moved to Huntsville. Lanelle graduated from Huntsville High School as valedictorian in 1953. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Library Science from Sam Houston State Teachers College and a master’s degree in Library Science from Sam Houston University.

She was married to Ross Robert Williamson in 1955 and worked at the TAMU library while he finished his DVM degree. After living in several locations, they settled in Palestine in 1967. She worked 16 years as librarian at Westwood ISD and retired from Palestine High School library after 25 years of service. She also served as librarian for several churches, where she was very active in their church choirs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ross Robert Williamson; and her parents, H.A. (Bab) and Lillie Stewart. Survivors are her sister, Marie Stewart Frankson (Courtland), and their daughter, Sharon Frankson (Daniel Murphy); niece Annie Murphy and nephew Jack Murphy; brother-in-law George Williamson; nieces Wendy Williamson Roberts (Roy), Julie Williamson Ausbrook (Thomas); nephew Jason Ross Williamson (Donna Craig) Williamson; and four great-nieces and three great nephews.

Graveside services were held in Bedias Baptist Cemetery in Bedias on May 12, 2018, with the Rev. Matthew Timmons officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Norwood Heights Baptist Church, 2214 Highway 155, Palestine, TX 75803.

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