HOWARD — Norma L. “Tiz” Williams, 87, of Howard passed away Dec. 30, 2019, at Knox Community Hospital with her loving family at her side.
Tiz was born in Walbridge, Dec. 30, 1932, to Guy and Emily Smothers. She was the only girl out of eight children. She had brothers Dick, Bob, Don, Andy, Jackie, Raymond and James. She grew up in the small town she was born in, going to a small school that had 12 grades under one roof. While in school, she was very busy with many friends and activities. Tiz was able to sustain connections with her school friends for her entire life. Upon graduating from high school, she worked in her uncle’s grocery store in Walbridge for a year before going to Toledo to work for Blue Cross of Northwestern Ohio.
Tiz met Bill Williams when she was a teenager. He was the love of her life and they married May 17, 1952. While Bill finished his time in the service, she continued working. When Bill was discharged they took up housekeeping and started a family. They have five children; Dawn, Sally, Mathew, Neil and Bryan. Tiz was a stay-at-home mom, and she often said that it was a dream come true for her to be able to do this. She enjoyed raising her family and being a volunteer where and when she was needed. She was the biggest fan for her kids in any activity that they chose to do. She put in many hours watching from the sidelines, driving kids places, serving in the PTA and being a boy and girl scout leader. Eventually, her five children gave Tiz 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Tiz loved to cook and especially bake. She won a blue ribbon one year at the Lucas County Fair for her lemon meringue pie. She enjoyed sewing, working in the yard, was an avid bowler, liked to paint yard art, and especially liked sledding and ice skating in the winter with her kids. She learned to golf when she was 60 years old and even scored a hole in one. When Bill retired from the fire department, Tiz went to barber school and worked in that profession for a short period of time. They moved to Apple Valley in Howard and went into the Marina business together. She worked with Bill for 20 years in boat sales and service before retiring. Tiz enjoyed traveling with Bill to many places over the years, and especially loved going to Florida each winter.
Tiz went to heaven on the same date as her birth. The date her mission started, also ended quietly and peacefully. She was kind and thoughtful, spirited and adventurous. She loved with a big heart and family was everything to her. She helped to create a legacy of love, devotion, commitment, hard work and an endless capacity to have fun.
Norma is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Bill; daughter, Dawn (Larry) Harp; daughter, Sally Glombowski; son, Matt (Cordi) Williams; son, Neil (Christine) Williams; son, Bryan (Anna) Williams; grandchildren, Sara, Steven, Tori, Laura, Jeff, Aaron, Zach, Olivia, Jared, Russel, Amanda, Blake and Catie; great-grandchildren, Zach, Bella, Luke, Noah, Archer, Mikayla, Yishma’El, Dylan, David, Devin, Alyssa, John, Chloe, Guiliana, Eliza, Vincent, Zoe, Sophia and Parker; and great-great-grandchild, Nell. Norma is also survived by her brother, Jim Smothers. Norma leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.
Friends may call Friday, Jan. 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A service will follow, beginning at 6 p.m., with Pastor John Idoine officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Danville United Methodist Church, 408 S. Market St., Danville, OH 43014.
To send the family a condolence online visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Norma L. “Tiz” Williams.