March 20, 1929 - Jan. 12, 2023
Jacqueline “Jackie” Ruth Williams went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Roseburg, Oregon, at age 93.
Jackie was born on March 20, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, to Guilbert and Edna (Steder) Theiss.
In July of 1947, Jackie met and fell in love with Alton Williams. They were married on Feb. 28, 1948, at the Como Union Church in Como, Wisconsin, where they had met. Jackie, a city girl from Chicago, moved to Delevan, Wisconsin, where they worked the dairy farm Alton owned. Three sons were born to them during their years on the farm.
Early in 1956, the Lord called Alton to the ministry in rural America. In September of 1956, they sold the farm and moved the family to Chicago, where Alton was a student at Moody Bible Institute and Jackie worked part time and attended classes. During their years at Moody and shortly after, two daughters were added to the family. Upon graduating from Moody in 1959 they were accepted as missionaries with Village Missions.
While with Village Missions, they served three churches: Hauser Community Church in Hauser, Oregon, from 1959 - 1963; Burley Bible Church in Burley, Washington, from 1963 - 1970; Applegate Bible Church in Applegate, California, from 1970-1977. During the later years of their ministry Alton and Jackie served as District Representatives for Village Missions. They ministered to the Pastors and their wives and to the congregations in the Southwest District.
They retired in 1991 and moved to Dallas, Oregon, where Alton served on the Board of Village Missions and Jackie published the Reflector Newsletter for the retired Village Missionaries. They were members of the Evangelical Bible Church.
Through the ministry of Alton and Jackie many people were influenced for the Lord. They truly cared for people and were concerned about their relationship with God. Their ministry was used to not only build church buildings, but to build up the spiritual lives of the people God entrusted to their care. Jackie and Alton were married 65 years. Alton preceded her in death in 2013. Jackie move to Tenmile, Oregon, in August of 2020 to be near her family. At the time of her death she was a member of the Tenmile Historic Community Church where her son Keith was the pastor.
As a pastor’s wife Jackie enjoyed leading women’s bible studies, vacation bible schools, youth groups, playing the organ and raising her family.
Jackie is survived by her sons Alton Jr. (Skip), Gerald, and wife Mary, Keith and wife Valerie; and daughters Robyn Edwards and husband Greg, Kathy Stewart and husband Steve. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m., at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center in Dallas. Private interment will be in Dallas Cemetery. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Village Missions, 696 E. Ellendale Ave. Dallas, Oregon 97338. To leave an online condolence or to share a memory with the family go to www.dallastribute.com Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is caring for the family.
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