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Lynda Kay Williamson

04/09/1951 - 05/07/2021
Service Date: 05/15/2021
Service Time: 11:00 am
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 21550 E. Queen Creek Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Visitation Date: 05/15/2021
Visitation Time: 10:00 am
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 21550 E. Queen Creek Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Interment: Montpelier Cemetery

Lynda Kay Williamson, beloved sister, wife, mother, and grandmother was born on April 9th, 1951 in Payson, Utah.  She was the second child of Ronald and Beulah Backus and grew up with three brothers and one sister. She was a true Arizonan through and through. Mesa was her home from the time she was a toddler until she left to attend college at Brigham Young University in Provo when she was 19. She had several adventures such as working at the Grand Canyon as well as in Alaska before she met Craig and got married in 1972 at age 21.  Her life from the beginning was greatly influenced by being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She was very active in church activities, girls’ camps and callings while growing up, and gave many hours to the Young Women, Relief Society and Primary over the years.  She always was strong in her faith and was a consistent example to her family of loving the Lord and living her testimony of the gospel.  One of her last great adventures was serving a church mission together with Craig for 18 months in China.

Lynda’s whole life was full and busy, and aside from raising 8 children, traveling the world, and living for a time in Rhode Island, Singapore, and Hong Kong, what stands out the most is that she was always working on some fun, creative project.  She had the ability to make grand things out of whatever materials could be found to work with – a skill she enjoyed so much and put to use in a way that helped so many people.  She made all kinds of things for her children and grandchildren, things for the community, and things for every church ward and stake she was in.  Sets for plays, backdrops for weddings, decorations for parties, and chandeliers for charity.  If you needed it, she could make it.  Music was also something she loved and passed on – she will be remembered for bedtime songs, road trip singing, and her unforgettable talents as a Primary chorister.  She was an avid reader and devoured books constantly.  Family was everything to her as evidenced by all the love and time she gave as a wife and a full-time mom and grandma.  Her influence on us all runs deep, and our memories of her will be with us always.

Lynda passed away at her home in Queen Creek, AZ on May 7th, 2021 with Craig by her side, after several years of living with the difficult challenges of Alzheimer’s.  She had just turned 70 a few weeks before and got to enjoy one last big birthday party with the family.

Lynda is survived by her husband, Craig, and her eight children: Tonya, Terri, Scott, Todd, Kimberly, Mark, Jeffrey, and Shelley; also by her brothers Jim, John, and Joseph, and her sister DeeAnn.  She has 41 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Condolences

  • So sorry for the loss of your mother, Terri!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  • Christina Garrison

    Our deepest condolences to your family. We will you all in our prayers for healing and peace. If you need anything please let us know.

  • Deborah Carlisle & Austin Spratt

    Please accept our most sincere condolences. Prayers for comfort and peace during your visit Ike of mourning.

  • Fred and Maureen Buck

    Craig and family, We are so sorry to hear of Lynda’s passing. We have fond memories of knowing you when you lived in Rhode Island. Lynda and you are in our thoughts and prayers. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Kent & Tatia Power family

    Our love for you all! We are blessed for knowing and loving Lynda.

  • Cal and Brenda Messenger and family

    Lynda was a very special, gifted, and cherished lady. Our children loved spending time at the Williamson home when we were in their Chandler ward. Lynda was always kind to us and we will always remember her and her wonderful family with fondness. May our Heavenly Father grant your family comfort and peace.

  • Dear Craig and family
    We were so heart broken to hear of Lynda’s passing. We have been in your fan club for years, and have felt safe in your friendship. We have made life decisions because of your good influence. I can’t tell you how much I will miss Lynda. We didn’t see you, but once or twice a year, but those early family raising ties go way back. I just thought they would last longer. As you know, we are serving in Hawaii at the PCC. Laurie Ball let us know your sad news last Friday. I know you have a Grand daughter here (Scott’s daughter, Maycie(?). I saw Sister King last Sunday night to try to track her down. Sister King knew her without question. I explained that I wish I could give her a hug from her Grandma’s good friend, Jody. She was going to be with the sisters the next morning and said she would hug her for me. I have ask several Sisters if they knew Sister Williamson. They all do. I’ll keep looking for her. I hope you are blessed with peace and comfort, knowing spiritually she is still close by. You are and always will be a perfect pair. With all our hearts we pray for blessings to be evident at this trying time. With love, Jody and Randy Clawson

  • Deborah Kazlauskas

    Such fond memories of your time in RI – Lynda’s sunny disposition amid the happy chaos of her large family. Sincere condolences to Craig and family – she will be sorely missed. Tony and Deb K.

  • LIONEL E AUDET

    My condolences to the whole Williamson family. What a great person she was.

  • Jennifer Kurr

    What a wonderful woman. I was lucky enough to work with her for several years in church callings. Her creative talents, love of the gospel, and infectious smile are my memories of her. My condolences go out to her family.

  • Doug and Rachelle Gardner

    We truly and dearly love you both are so thankful for the friendship we enjoy. Our children think of you both as bonus grandparents. Your examples and love with forever be in our hearts. Sincerely, Doug and Rachelle Gardner and kids

  • Craig and Christine Stevenson

    We learned this morning of Linda’s passing. We extend our most sincere sympathy at your loss. The world as know it will not be a better place without her in it. Heaven will be better having her “home”

  • Craig and Christine Stevenson

    We learned this morning of Linda’s passing. We extend our sincere condolences. A life well lived. A life taken too quickly.

  • I remember Uncle Rex telling me stories about baby sitting Linda and siblings. A very fond memory for him. I will miss her bright smile and loving heart.

  • Sarah Denning

    I do not know if you remember me, Craig but I remember you and Lynda, Tonya and Terri very well. I worked with Lynda in primary in the Providence ward when you worked at Industrial National Bank.

    These are difficult times, I know what this is like but it sounds like you have many wonderful memories that will always bring lots of smiles and tears to your face … just want you to know that you and Lynda are thought of with fond memories …..Sarah
    Just want you to know that I am thinking of you

  • Sarah Denning

    I do not know if you remember me, Craig but I remember you and Lynda, Tonya and Terri very well. I worked with Lynda in primary in the Providence ward when you worked at Industrial National Bank.

    These are difficult times, I know what this is like but it sounds like you have many wonderful memories that will always bring lots of smiles and tears to your face … just want you to know that you and Lynda are thought of with fond memories …..Sarah

  • Todd & Dina Rossell

    We got to know Lynda well, but unfortunately, it was after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. During the time we were able to spend with her, she was kind, loving, funny, and she had such a warmth about her. We saw photos of the sets she had built for roadshows and plays. What a talent! We love the legacy of service she leaves behind. Her willingness to leave her family to serve the people of China says an awful lot about what was important to Lynda. She was a disciple of Jesus Christ and an example to us.

    You can also tell an awful lot about someone by their posterity. The legacy Lynda leaves behind based on the interactions we’ve had with Craig & Lynda’s children and grandchildren say so much about who she was. She leaves behind a family legacy of love & compassion and we will miss her.

  • Lynne Anderson

    Such heartbreaking news. Lynda is a giant of a woman in my heart and mind. My condolences to you, Craig, and your whole family. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

  • Britta and Sean Haltom

    Sending our love and prayers to the Williamson family. I have always had a special admiration for Lynda. She was someone that I immediately wanted to get to know better. She just radiated light and had such a beautiful smile. Blessings to you.

  • The Scarletts

    The phrase, ‘good things come in small packages’ was coined just for Lynda! She was a powerhouse of all things good – love, kindness, service, compassion, humor, faith – the list is endless. Such a blessing to have known her.
    With love,
    Sharon and Steven Scarlett, and Family

  • Mark and Gretchen Poulsen

    We began 37 years ago in Hong Kong! We watched Lynda create costumes, lead the Primary children in singing on Sundays and doing their make-up for performances. Our children enjoyed Craig leading us on LONG hikes and amazed at (a very pregnant) Lynda keeping up all the way. Lynda’s hospitality (her marvelous dinner rolls) and our many excursions with other families were the highlight of our two years there.
    Back “home” in Chandler and Gilbert, it was more of the same. Lynda was such a force for good. Watching her create back drops and decorations for the Festival of the Trees at the new hospital in Gilbert, showcased her many gifts. We will never forget her and her infectious smile. Rest, dear Lynda, you’ve earned it! I can just imagine the Savior saying, “well done, thou good and faithful servant!” Our deepest sympathy to you, Craig, and your beautiful family.

  • Katie Wride and Wride Family

    What a wonderful blessing to have known, loved, and served with Sister Williamson! She is such a positive influence for good spreading her creativity and passion for life to all who know her! I am grateful for all I learned from this incredible disciple of Christ! Much love to the Williamson family as you mourn her passing. With love, The Wride Family

  • Kirt and Melody Nelson

    We have such fond memories of Lynda. She always had a smile and an infectious laugh. And her talents for ward scenery projects are in matched! She impressed me so much I’m so many ways. May you continue to feel her beautiful spirit and be strengthened in this time. Much love to you all, Kirt and Melody

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