Barbara Ann Williams, 82, of Charlotte, died peacefully on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Barbara was born May 23, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisc., the daughter of Charles and Mercedes (Kirkpatrick) Bernhardt and Ernest R. Kluge, who have predeceased her. Barbara was a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School, class of 1954 and a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, and Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte. In 1988, Barbara retired from the City of Lansing, personnel department, after 28 years of service, and went to work for WalMart in Charlotte for several years. She was an ardent and active member of the Lansing Community; including Cub Scout leader, GLAHA hockey mom; member of The United Way of Lansing, Lansing Civic Players, Lansing Women’s Club, American Society of Safety Engineers, Lansing Safety Council, Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Jug and Mug Ski Club of Lansing, and the Eaton Area Senior Center.
Barbara always loved music and was always a member of the choir in the church she belonged to. She studied with Dr. David Machtel, Sr. of Lansing and the Armand School of Theatrical Art in Detroit. She was the guest soloist with the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra, and sang with the “Rocketaires.” A soprano, Barbara also shared her talent by soloing at weddings and many other community functions. In addition to her love of music, she enjoyed bowling, dancing, bingo, and, of course, her animals.
Surviving are her son, Randy (Gail) Williams of Charlotte; grandchildren, Charlie and Ethan Williams and Shelby Wilson; and special cousins and friends. All knew they were very much loved. She lived one day at a time, counted her blessings, and had a strong faith in God.
Friends and family gathered on Wednesday, May 30, at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte. Interment took place in Maple Hill Cemetery.
If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to any charity of choice.
Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Barbara on her tribute page at PrayFuneral.com.