Nelda Florentine Williams

nelda williams

December 2, 1933 ~ July 30, 2023

Born in: Hamilton, Texas
Resided in: Silsbee, Texas

Nelda Florentine “Caraway” Williams, 89, of Silsbee, Texas, passed away on July 30, 2023. A visitation will be held on August 4, 2023 from 1-3 p.m. with funeral service to follow at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center in Bryan, Texas. Nelda’s son, Ron Bell, will be officiating the funeral service.

Nelda was born on December 2, 1933 to parents Guy and Florella Caraway in Hamilton, Texas. Upon growing up and graduating high school, Nelda attended University of Texas at Arlington where she completed her undergraduate. She then went on to attend Law School at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to law school, Nelda already had a 25 year career as a draftsman, where she produced maps and cross-sections of oil wells for a couple of large petroleum companies. She excelled in male dominated fields because she liked to draw and design structures, and it provided a solid living for her and her 5 children.

She later worked as the sole appellate attorney at the District Attorney’s Office in Abilene, Texas, where she was able to combine her love for criminal law, research, and writing. Nelda retired at age 62, only to go back to work again as an appellate attorney for the State Council for Offenders in Huntsville, Texas. At the age of 81, Nelda officially retired and went on to pursue her many interests outside of work that she found very fulfilling.

Nelda was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed many hobbies such as reading, quilting, painting, and she loved to travel. Las Vegas was among one of her favorite places to travel.

Nelda is preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Florella Caraway, brothers Chandler, Gordon, Gilbert, and Wayne. Her sister, Wandene, and sons Bill and Loren. She is survived by her son Ron Bell, daughters Lorraine Rosales, Michelle Preston, daughters-in-law Linda Bell, Shirley Bell, Ana Deter, and son-in-law Donald Davis. Grandchildren Micah, Carrie, Emily, Shannon, Jennifer, Heather, Shawn, James, Brenton, Jordan, Chance, Katie, and Cash. Great-grandchildren Zak, Hannah, Kade, Blake, Kaleb, Logan, Korbin, Jameson, Jai, Jasper, Juliana, Brendan, Liam, Lindsay, Jason, Sawyer, Oliver, Makayla, and River. Also one great-great-grandchild, Sutten.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Brazos Valley.

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  1. Dear Grandma It’s your katiebug I love u grandma and I’m going to miss u forever and always I hope you are in a better place now with ur baby boys ❤️Thank u for being the best grandma a Girl could ever ask for !

  2. Love you forever mom. You were the best mother anyone could ask for. Thank you for your love and the sacrifices you made for us. We will miss you always.

  3. You will be really missed but know you are painting with angels. I’m so glad to have known you and our boys to have known you. Rest easy. Love you!!

  4. Miss you!! You were always so kind and gentle to me. I loved your laughter and sense of humor most of all. We also had similar jobs throughout our lives and I’ve always thought that was neat since it was unintentional. It just shows the connections that we shared within. Love you!

  5. So glad I got the chance to meet you!!! You have a wonderful, beautiful family and I’m grateful to be part of it. You are so loved and missed!!!

  6. Sending prayers and hugs to everyone. She was a beautiful person inside and out and was so funny. Mama and her always had such a fun time when they were together. Love you Aunt Florentine.

  7. Lorraine, sending many prayers and hugs to you and your family during this difficult time. Hoping you all find peace in the beautiful memories of your Momma.

  8. Give my dad a great big hug from me up there. I hope you, dad and Loren go walking on the beach. We love you and will miss you.

  9. Nelda will always be in our hearts. She was genuinely authentic, and has instilled in her children that sense of respect for all. Thank you.

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