Albina Grimes Williams
Albina Williams passed away peacefully following a stroke Monday, June 9, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Rhys Allen Williams, brother Phillip Avory Grimes, and sister, Elizabeth Farson.
Albina Sue Grimes was born July 3, 1927 in Centralia, Missouri, to Albina, “Allie,” and Earl Avory Grimes. She attended Centralia High School and college at William Woods in Fulton, Missouri. She married Rhys Allen Williams on September 4, 1948 then moved to St. Louis following his graduation from Washington University. While her husband attended medical school, she supported him working as program director for KMOX radio, the “CBS,” station of the mid-west before television became more widely available.
After medical school, her husband Rhys enlisted in the Army to serve in the Korean War to continue his medical training while Bina worked in St. Louis in advertising and began to pursue her career in modeling. She was successful working for Kline’s Department Store as a runway model and was featured in local society magazines. Upon his return from Korea, she and Rhys moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he completed his residency at Fort Sam Houston Medical Center and Bina worked for Frost Brothers as a model. They returned to St. Louis after Rhys finished his service at Fort Sam, before moving to Harrison, Arkansas, where Rhys joined partner Gene Gladden, M.D. in a general surgery practice.
Bina and Rhys raised their children, Tegwyn Elizabeth and Morgan Rhys in Harrison where Bina was a busy homemaker, and stayed active in the community as a Girl Scout leader, with the local medical society and also volunteered with local women’s groups to host fashion shows. Bina was an exceptional cook and loved entertaining. She was very proud to be a part of group of residents who began the local Concert Association, bringing to Harrison performances by the Saint Louis Symphony, Stan Getz, Ballet West and Chet Atkins.
Rhys ultimately retired from private practice and they moved permanently to Aspen Colorado, to enjoy the mountains, hiking, camping and their passion for snow skiing and the home they built there in 1974, to be near their daughter, son-in law and sister Elizabeth Farson.
Bina is survived by her children Tegwyn and Erin Dougherty of San Antonio, Texas, Morgan & Susan Williams of Washington D.C. and her grandchildren Wyatt Rhys Williams and Tyoma Gustav Williams, and her niece Lisa Farson-Maher of La Jolla, California, and nephews, Clark Farson of Denver, Colorado and Grant Grimes of Houston, Texas.
An informal memorial will take place at Arden Court in San Antonio on Thursday, to honor her memory and the many wonderful caregivers who made her feel so loved her last years in San Antonio, Texas. The family will return to Aspen with her ashes so that she will join Rhys in the Valley they so loved sometime this summer.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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