MUSCATINE, Iowa - Florine Dyer Williams, 76, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Salvation Army, 1000 Oregon Street. Lieutenant Christian Lopez will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.
Florine was born on October 7, 1942, in Monrovia, Liberia, the daughter of Grady and Lucia Dyer. She married Amos A. Obey and later married Roger Williams who preceded her in death.
She has been a Muscatine resident since 2015, moving from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She was a homemaker and loved to cook, garden, and work in her flower bed. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and loved singing Gospel Music, and attending the lady meetings and social gathering. She also loved her candy and cookies.
Those left to honor her memory include one son, Amos Pele Obey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Maxine Obey Samuel of Muscatine; nine grandchildren, Vernell Obey, Patrice Gwyan, Olivia Obey, Ella Obey, Jasmin Day, Shakerra Brunson, Florine Obey, Odell Day, and Emile Brunson; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Roger; one daughter, Evelyn Kama Obey; and two brothers.
"The first time I saw Grandma Flo was at the Salvation Army Church. We spoke to each other but it was awhile before we began to really talk to each other. She came to Mary and Steve's wedding and was beautiful. I learned that she was a prayer warrior and the matriarch of her family.
I gave her a Mother's Day card, along with the other ladies in the church, and that began our friendship.
Grandma Flo, my husband, Osmond and I became very close. He enjoyed teasing her and she always smiled and blushed. We two would see her and always gave and received hugs.
We enjoyed blessing her with things, and she enjoyed the surprises. She came to church faithfully in all seasons. Ladies Bible Study was always on her agenda.
We enjoyed sweet friendship and fellowship. We love her and will miss her very much.
I now have tried to picture Grandma Flo in Heaven, even more beautiful than she was. I see her enjoying the rewards that her Lord and Saviour Jesus had prepared for her obedience, faithfulness and stand. I wonder if she has met my Mother yet. We miss her.
Our deepest condolences to her family. We have been praying for you.
Niki and Osmond Malcolm"