March 6, 1939 - June 30, 2012
Howard Lee Williams was born the 12th child of Ida Hazel Tolle and George Elmer Williams on March 6 1939. He was born near the end of the Dust Bowl in the family's dirt-floor house on its Seiling, Okla., homestead. His father passed away a year later leaving Ida to raise the children alone. At age 14, Howard left Oklahoma and rode the rails west eventually settling near Boise, Idaho. A proud "Okie" he returned a few years later to move his mother west.
Howard remained in Boise through his younger years when he worked several jobs before becoming a baker. A brief marriage to Ladonna Cartwright resulted in no children. A relationship with Willie Mea Stallnecker gave Howard his first daughter, Juanita Roberts Ermey. He then married Sue McHouston and daughter Brenda Lee Williams was born. His subsequent relationship with Doreen Marie White gave him another daughter, Patricia Pruett Egesdahl. In 1974 he met Margaret Ann Hutchison, who would later become his wife. They had three children, Cynda Williams Weitz, Sara Williams Landry and Chad E. Williams. He has been "Dad" to many others, including Darrold Williams and Jack Williams.
In 1983 Howard and Margaret relocated to Washington state, living briefly in Waitsburg, before settling and raising their children in Dayton. In 1997 they moved to Walla Walla and then to Spokane in 2007. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; all 11 of his brothers and sisters; and one grandson. He is survived by six children; 15 grandchildren (expecting the 17th), and three great-grandchildren (expecting the fourth). He is loved by them all and by dozens of nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered for his green thumb, his love of fishing, his loyalty to family, and his outrageous sense of humor that stayed with him until he departed the Earth on June 30, 2012. His family will host a celebration of his life Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at 1 p.m. in the Cascade Community Center, 2311 W. 16th Ave., Spokane.