Twillia Rose Williams

  • Born: January 3, 1934
  • Died: February 8, 2016
  • Location: Newton, Iowa

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1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Twillia Rose Williams, age 82 of Newton, Iowa, formerly of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Monday, February 08, 2016 at Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa.

Twillia was born to Paul and Carrie Hedgecock January 3, 1934 in Monroe County. Twillia spent her younger years in between Des Moines and Centerville, Iowa. She met and married Don Williams on August 19, 1950 at The Centerville Church of the Nazarene. They left Centerville in 1951 to attend Bethany Nazarene Bible College in Oklahoma to fulfill God's call to the ministry. Upon graduation they returned to Iowa to minister in Mystic, Leon, Oelwein, Atlantic, Lacona, and Cedar Rapids Trinity Church of the Nazarene. She ministered alongside her husband in Children's Church, Sunday School, Bible School, Ladies Ministry and loving her laymen for 45 years on the Iowa Nazarene District.

Twillia is survived by her husband Don Williams, her sister Sheryl Campbell of Des Moines, Iowa, her brother Royal (Irene) Hedgecock of Des Moines, Iowa, her son Don (Becky) Williams of Adel, Iowa, her daughters Donna (Dan) Dannels of Newton, Iowa, Carrie (John) Wehrli of Omaha, Nebraska and Lydia (Robert) Buck of Winfield, Kansas, her 11 grandchildren, 3 honorary grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 2 honorary great grandchildren.

Twillia was preceded in death by her infant son Paul David, mother and father Paul and Carrie Hedgecock, and her brother Doyle Hedgecock.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 12, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Centerville Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Walter King officiating. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service at the Centerville Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow the funeral service at Haines Cemetery, north of Centerville. Memorials have been established to the Centerville Church of the Nazarene and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just learned of Twilia's death. Twilia was a first cousin to me. I was 3 1/2 years younger but remember well going to her wedding at the Centerville Nazarene church and seeing her through the years at family gatherings and funerals. She was always good to call my parents, Harry and Zelma Jennings. My thoughts and sympathy are with the family. Janet Jennings O'Hair

Posted by Janet O'Hair - Mesa, AZ - Family   February 13, 2016

Twilla meant so much to my mom Genora Houser. Even though we were first cousins we didn't see each other much but wanted to leave my sincere sympathy to the family. May God give you comfort and peace.

Posted by Janice Houser McElvain - Centerville, IA - Family   February 13, 2016

Jack and I send our heartfelt condolences to each of you. You continue to be in our heart and prayers as you grieve your loss.

Posted by Jack & Judy Davis - Ontario, CA - Family   February 12, 2016

I will always remember Twillia as a loving, caring, down to earth pastor's wife who truly loved the Lord, her family, and her congregation. She was a genuine witness for Christ! She will be missed!

Posted by Lois Ramsey - Lutz, FL - Friend   February 11, 2016

Twilla you were always kind, compassionate and loving. A devoted Christian, faithful and loving wife, devoted mother, granother and so much more. You were like a second Mom to me. I remember the first night I came over to spend the night with your daughter and my best friend Lydia. You welcomed me in and that was the beginning of a lifetime of friendship between me and your daughter and we still are friends. I remember you feeding that little squirrel when you still lived here in town. I remember on social events at the church how you enjoyed playing Skip-Bo. You were a beautiful woman inside and out. One thing was for sure we could always count on you to be there every time those church doors were open. My Mom, my sons and I love you so much. You will be missed. Rest in peace, Twilla.

Posted by Melanie Sales - Numa, IA - Friend   February 11, 2016


Twillia and I grew up together on the east side of Des Moines. When she married Donald, I was her Maid of Honor. We lost track of each other when they went off to Seminary. While having lunch in Newton one day a couple or three years ago, I saw her and told my husband I thought I knew her so I walked over to her, leaned down and asked if she would mind telling me her name... she said "Twillia Williams," I said, "I'm Lola." She looked me straight in the eye and said, "you ARE NOT." I laughed, she laughed, we hugged and I cried. (I think she did too) She told me she had been searching for me for 60 years. I didn't get to see her often enough because of the physical distance between us, but I will always thank God for the miracle of bringing her back into my life. I loved her and will miss my dear friend, but know that she is gloriously happy in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior.

Rest in Peace Dear Old Friend...


Posted by Lola Angell - Burlington, IA - Friend   February 10, 2016

Our prayers & sympathies are with you all at this time. Such fond memories of Twillia...from her encouraging me to go to camp for the first time & then being my counselor because I was so homesick to VBS, revivals, camp meeting & being my pastor's wife in Lacona. I will cherish the memories & am thankful for her Godly influence in my life over the years. She will be greatly missed!!

Posted by Dawn (Spence) Wicker - Des Moines, IA - Friend   February 10, 2016


My heart hurts for you and with you. I first met "Sister" Williams when they came to pastor at the Lacona Church of the Nazarene. I have many fond memories of her from over the years... quizzing, Bible school, prayer meetings, revivals, church camp... A wonderful Christian example! A genuine extension of Christ's love! Praying God's peace and love surround you!

Posted by Jennifer (Spence) Baughman - Milo, IA   February 09, 2016

Wonderful memories of Twillia. God Bless the Family. We are honored to have been part of her life at Heritage Manor. Ron Semler, Admin.

Posted by Ron Semler - Newton, IA - Friend   February 09, 2016