Clarissa Williams Obituary

Clarissa  Williams
Rhea Williams
Clarissa Williams

July 17, 1944 - January 8, 2010
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Clarissa Marie "Rhea" Williams, 65, passed away Friday, January 8, 2010 at Bright Kavanagh House. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel. Burial will be at Altoona Cemetery, Altoona, Iowa. Her family will receive friends from 5-8pm, Monday at the funeral home.

Clarissa was born July 17, 1944, the daughter of Clarence "Sam" and Wanda Kellis, in Des Moines, where she had lived all of her life. She graduated from East High School. Rhea worked as an office manager at Pacesetter Company for 26 years. Most recently she was working part time at Nation Job. Rhea was a member of Easton Place United Methodist Church and numerous pool leagues, including VNEA and BCA. She loved playing pool, gardening, fishing, cooking and most of all spending time with her family and friends.

Rhea is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Roy) Spangenburg of Carlisle; her son, James Gibson, Jr. of Des Moines; grandson, Shane Meyers; and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Wanda Kellis; brother, H. Dale Kellis and sister, Lawana Cloud.

A special thank you to our Aunt Gay for all that she did to make our mom more comfortable, in the last few weeks, and also to all the special friends and family that came to visit her while she was in the hospital. To the pool community, I know it meant the world to her to have all your love and support.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Central Iowa, in memory of Clarissa "Rhea" Williams.


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Monday, January 11, 2010
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
2:00 PM
Altoona Cemetery
Altoona, IA US
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
3:00 PM


Hospice of Central Iowa
2910 Westown Parkway, #200
West Des Moines, IA US 50266