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Josephine McWilliams - April 02, 2011


Margie Josephine McWilliams was born March 31, 1923 in Alton, Mo. She died April 2, 2011, two days after her 88th birthday, at Progressive Care Center in Cañon City.

Her parents were Lewis Wesley McWilliams and Goldie Rosetta Nirk. The McWilliams family consisted of three sisters: Josephine, Mary and Lorene; and three brothers: Benjamin who died at age 12, James and Russell.

The McWilliams family moved from Missouri to Holyoke in 1944, as Mr. McWilliams had a job with Will Heginbotham. Josephine, who had worked in a Missouri bank after high school graduation, arrived in Holyoke with a recommendation letter which she presented at First National Bank, and she was hired on the spot by Mr. Heginbotham.

Josephine served in many capacities at the bank over her 44 years of service, with positions ranging from personal secretary, teller, cashier, bank officer and a member of the board of directors. She was serving as vice president when she retired in 1988.

In 1981, Josephine was named as a trustee of the Heginbotham Trust, and she served on the trust for 30 years until her death.

In addition to her banking, Josephine was an avid reader and she enjoyed ceramics. She was also a very talented quilter, which she enjoyed with her church group as well as her sister Lorene. The two made many quilts and afghans for friends and enjoyed this hobby until shortly before Josephine’s death. She was a member of First Baptist Church from 1944 until her death.

After retirement, Josephine and Lorene continued to reside in Holyoke until December of 2005. At that time, they moved to Cañon City to be close to family, Mary and Denise Grayem. Josephine and Lorene loved being close to their family and greatly enjoyed their new home and the beauty of the Cañon City area.

Josephine was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers.

The funeral service was held April 8 at First Baptist Church in Holyoke with Pastor Gordon Penfold officiating. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.