Lurita Janine Williams

June 30, 1933 – May 17, 2015

Jeff Crawley<br />
Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth commander Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV and CAC Command Sgt. Maj. David Bruner present Lurita “Willie” Williams with her 50-year federal civilian service award Oct. 12, 2007, at the Frontier Conference Center. Williams, the Human Resources Officer at the Fort Leavenworth Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, began her career as a GS-2 clerk at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. in 1957.<br />
Lurita Janine Williams, known to her friends as “Willie”, born as Lurita J. Ellis in Commerce, Oklahoma on June 30th, 1933, was taken up to be with our Lord and Savior in heaven on May 17, 2015 in Edmond, Oklahoma. The daughter of Houston and Florence Ellis, she graduated from North Miami High School in 1949.

For a time Willie moved frequently due to her husband’s career. She always loved learning and continued her education by attending several colleges and universities. She obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

“Willie” worked for the federal government for more than 50 years. The branches of her federal service employment included the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as civilian employment with both the Department of Army and the Air Force. The last 30+ years (1979-2012) of her federal employment were as Civilian Personnel Officer for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

In January 1999 Lurita was recognized by the Department of Army with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Then in 2004 Lurita was recognized again by the Department of Army with the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Willie is survived by her son – David Williams and wife, Donna, of Houston, TX; daughter – Cathy Williams-White of Edmond, OK; son – Drew Williams of Indianapolis, IN; grandsons – Travis Williams of Edmond, OK, and Ben White of Edmond, OK; and brother – Floyd Ellis, Sr.

A Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday May 21, 2015 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel.

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  1. Dear Cathy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. On behalf of all of us at Armstrong Auditorium, we send our condolences and wishes for your comfort and peace, both to you and your extended family.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Shane Granger

  2. I first met Willie in the early 90s, when I was in the military and she was the Civilian Personnel Officer for the CAC Commanding General, LTG Wilson “Dutch’ Shoffner. Few people were more difficult to please than LTG Shoffner; he was tough. But it was clear from their interactions in meetings that he highly respected and cherished her–from my perspective, one of the few people on post who commanded and enjoyed such respect from the CG.

    When I returned to Leavenworth some six years later as a Dept of the Army Civilian, I was fortunate to regularly work with Willie. She was the consummate professional–always available, helpful, patient, and exceptionally knowledgeable. If she did not have an immediate answer to one of my many questions, she always quickly got back to me with the right answer. Her smile and gentle nature brightened any room. She was kind, thoughtful, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Few people worked as hard as she did.

    If anyone deserved the high praise and respect she heard upon her retirement, it was Willie. All of us at Fort Leavenworth missed her greatly after she left. Without question, she was the epitome of the word “lady.” She is truly unforgettable.

    Dennis Tighe, retired Army, Parkville, MO

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