A celebration of the life of Ardys Williams, 89, of Tracy, will be held at a later date.
Ardys “Ardy” Joanne (Weaver) Williams was born on January 18, 1931, to Edward and Mabel (Jones) Weaver near Garvin. She was baptized and confirmed at Hoiland Lutheran Church in Garvin. She attended country school district 85 in Garvin and graduated from Tracy High School in 1949. Ardy met her husband-to-be, Clair “Billy” Williams, in the pool hall in Garvin. They were married on August 18, 1949, and they had three children, Donald, Julie, and JoAnn. Ardy was a member of Lake Sarah Lutheran Church in Garvin, where she taught Sunday School, was an officer in the Ladies Aid, was on the church council as financial secretary for many years, and sang in the choir. She was more recently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton. Ardy worked at Glen’s Superette in Balaton in the late 1950s. She worked in Ken’s SuperValu and John’s SuperValu as Produce Manager until she retired in 1993, at age 62. Ardy returned to work at Tracy Food Pride in 1999, and she also worked in the Walmart Jewelry Department before retiring again at age 82 in 2013. Ardy enjoyed her work family, especially Bruce and Dawn’s family. Ardy enjoyed reading, and doing fancy work like crocheting and quilting. Ardy quilted with Lake Sarah quilters in Garvin. She enjoyed music, especially playing piano, guitar, and accordion. Ardy and Bill took many road trips visiting family throughout the United States. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, passing on her love of sewing and music. Ardy was a member of the Garvin Centennial Committee for the 100th and 125th years. She was mother-in-law to the Garvin Miss Tootsie in the 125th celebration. Ardy’s husband Bill passed away on April 6, 2006. After Bill’s death, Ardy remained on the family farm until 2014, when she moved to Balaton. In 2018, Ardy moved to O’Brien Court in Tracy. She moved to Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy in the Spring of 2020 after a short illness requiring rehab.
Ardy died peacefully on January 7, 2021, 11 days short of her 90th birthday, from complications due to COVID, at Prairie View Senior Living. She is survived by her sister Donna Baird of Tracy; son Donald Williams of Mentone, CA; daughters Julie (Scott) Sanow of Garvin and JoAnn Williams of St. Paul; grandchildren Jennifer (Tom) Pint of Wadena, Nicole (Chuck) Swanson of Balaton, Jesse Buchholz of Tracy, and Amanda (Scott) Kepley of Charleston, SC; great-grandchildren Alex, Avery, and Olivia Pint, Marissa Olson, Amaya and Zachary Swanson, Austin and Alexis Buchholz; and great-great-grandchild Cade Pint. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, and sister Virginia Saxton.
The family thanks the staff at Prairie View, O’Brien Court, and the Sanford Tracy Medical Center for their care of Ardy.