Joyce Hinson WilliamsDec. 26, 1929 — Sept. 23, 2018


Joyce Hinson WilliamsDec. 26, 1929 — Sept. 23, 2018


Joyce Williams
Joyce Williams

Joyce Hinson Williams passed away on Sept. 23, 2018, at home in Billings. She was 88.

Joyce was born on Dec. 26, 1929, in Chattahoochee, Florida, to Lillie and Ted Hinson. The third of four children, she attended Florida State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education. She also met Langdon Gabeler Williams, who caught her eye at the student union; he was one of only a handful of men attending what had previously been the Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee, which became co-ed after World War II in order to accommodate large numbers of veterans seeking university education under the GI Bill. Langdon and Joyce were married in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, on Aug. 19, 1950, and moved almost immediately to Evansville, Indiana, where Langdon began his first job in the oil industry and Joyce taught first grade.

Sons Michael, Ted and David were all born in Evansville, and shortly after David was born, Langdon and Joyce seized the opportunity to move to Billings, where the oil business was booming. In a new town, far from her native Florida, Joyce raised her three boys and created a community for herself in the West focused on her family, her friends, bridge, golf, sewing, First United Methodist Church, book club, Friday night dinners with friends at George Henry’s and, of course, gardening. Every family member and friend has more than one memory of Joyce in her garden tending her sunflowers, vegetables or planters.

After the boys grew up, Joyce and Langdon enjoyed several months on the Hawaiian island of Maui every winter for more than 30 years, reconnecting with one another and enjoying an ever-growing circle of friends on the island. When grandchildren Carolyn and Hank entered the picture, Gamma delighted in spoiling them with back to school shopping adventures, well-researched Christmas presents, Easter/birthday/Valentine’s Day cards and ample opportunities to spend time together, whether it be in Glacier National Park or Alaska, on Maui or in her beautiful sun room on Joan Lane in Billings.

Joyce, ever the determined yet polite lady, always donned the most carefully coordinated outfit, perfect manicure, impeccable grammar and smart sense of humor. She was a loyal, generous and steadfast friend.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband and her siblings, Mercer Hinson, Kathleen Mawhinney and Jean Stephens. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Michael (Lena), Ted (Kate) and David (Gina); and grandchildren Carolyn and Hank. Joyce felt safe and expertly cared for in her final days thanks to the tireless efforts of David and Gina, both nurses, and Michael, who attended to her both at Billings Clinic and at home.

Memorial gifts may be made to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation (2050 Overland Ave., Billings 59102), RiverStone Health Foundation (P.O. Box 1562, Billings 59103), the Billings Food Bank (2112 Fourth Ave. N., Billings 59101), or the charitable organization of one’s choice.

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2 thoughts on “Joyce Hinson WilliamsDec. 26, 1929 — Sept. 23, 2018”

  1. Dear Michael, Ted, and David,
    I am sure sorry. I like to think Joyce is somewhere peaceful, with Langdon by her side. I hope you’re all doing well.

  2. Danette Zeleniak

    This is Danette Zeleniak. I owned Chez Paris Salon and was your mother’s manicurist for years. She was an amazing woman, just lovely in every way. I have lived in Seattle for six years and just received the heartbreaking news of your mother’s death. My condolences to all in the family so loved by your mother. She was a very dear and special friend to me. She always spoke so highly of each and every one of you, while she adored Carolyn and Hank. What a great loss but she will live in all of us by the wonderful memories. I saw her in March when I stopped briefly to give her, her favorite polish that she could no longer find or purchase. We made arrangements that on my next visit we would have lunch and to my great sadness, that will not happen.😢 I aspire to be half the lady she presented herself to be and will always be forever grateful to have been blessed with her friendship, I too will miss her greatly!

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