Virginia Louise Williams
May 8, 1920-March 5, 2008
Virginia Louise Williams, 87 of Bentonville, Arkansas died Wednesday March 5, 2008 in Bentonville. She was
born in Corry, Pennsylvania, May 8, 1920, the daughter of Theo P. and Florence Whittlesey Williams. She
graduated from Corry High School in 1937 and from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio in 1941.
She was a World War II veteran, having enlisted in the WAAC in 1943. Assigned to Military Intelligence in the
Pentagon as a First Lieutenant, she served with distinction. She was discharged as a Captain after receiving the
Legion of Merit from the United States and the Order of the British Empire for “a direct and substantial
contribution” to the Order of Battle in the Pacific. She served her government another four years after the war as
an intelligence research analyst in the U. S. State Department.
She came to live in the Ozarks and was persuaded to begin teaching school. She earned a M.S. in Natural Sciences
at the University of Arkansas and later added a M.A. in Mathematics at Louisiana State University. She taught
science and math in grades seven through twelve in Gentry and Bentonville, Arkansas, Southwest City,
Missouri, and La Grange, Illinois.
She returned to Bentonville in 1982. She was a volunteer tutor at Washington Junior High and a Laubach literacy
tutor. A life-long Presbyterian, she was the librarian for First Presbyterian Church at the time of their
Sesquicentennial. She single-handedly researched, wrote, and found the illustrations for the church history
She established the OWL House family in 1987 with Don and Sue Ann Overstreet, helping to raise Amy and
Jeff, and taking great delight in Amy and Doug Brand’s five children. Her other survivors include her brother’s
adopted daughter, Barbara Jensen, of McKinney, Texas and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her
parents, her brother, Bob, who survived forty months as a Japanese POW during World War II, and his son,
Barry Williams, a U.S. Marine killed in action in Vietnam.
A private family service will follow. Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International, 1 World Avenue,
Little Rock, AR. 72202 or the Vinson Memorial Library at First Presbyterian Church in Bentonville. All
arrangements are by Stockdale Funeral Services in Rogers.
Online condolences may be sent to stockdalefuneral.com