July 30, 1923 ~ January 7, 2015
Ella Geraldine Williams was born to Henry and Mary Myers on July 30, 1923, in Fredonia, Kansas. When she was a young girl her family moved to Caldwell Kansas. She quit school at an early age and went to work at the Leland Hotel in Caldwell, Kansas, to help with family finances. She married Loyd Cink in 1941 and spent the next years living on the Cink Farm near Manchester, Oklahoma, and raising their three children; J.R., Alice, and Irvin Ray (Butch). During that period, a lot of time was spent working in the fields alongside Loyd, milking cows, gardening (always a big garden) and lots of canning. She was, also, an active member of the community quilting club. Later during this time, she worked (waitressing and cooking) at the Wright Café in Wakita, Oklahoma.
Ella left the farm in 1966 and lived and worked in various places around the country. She lived and worked for a period of time at Lake Meade near Las Vegas, Nevada, while married to Pete Williams. After his death, Geraldine moved back to Caldwell, Kansas. She liked the thought of traveling places, seeing new things but always preferred to come back home and home to her was Caldwell, Kansas, which is where she settled back to.
In Caldwell, Geraldine established her home and lived there for the last years. While there she worked in various restaurants in Renfro, Oklahoma, and in Caldwell, where she gained the reputation as a cook whose food was sought after by many. People came from all around to eat when she was cooking. She, also, cooked for various clubs when they had their dinner meetings. During these years in Caldwell, Geraldine, also, did house work for several people.
Geraldine was a woman who didn’t hide from work. She managed to stay busy and was a good and hard worker. She retired and stopped working only after an accident made it difficult for her to stand on her legs for long periods. So she retired and enjoyed getting out with family and friends and sitting on her porch visiting and going to church.
Due to declining health, it became necessary for Geraldine to leave her home in Caldwell and move to the Community Health Center in Wakita, Oklahoma. There she met new friends whose help and friendships she was grateful for. And there she lived her final years.
A loved and loving woman, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, Ella Geraldine Williams left this world on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by former husbands, her parents, both siblings and one grandchild. Geraldine is survived by her three children; J.R. Cink (and spouse, Barbara), Alice Hicks (and spouse, John) and Irvin Cink (and spouse, Lila), five grandkids, and 10 great grandkids. We love her and will miss her greatly. May you rest in peace, Mother.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Community Health Center in Wakita, Oklahoma, would be appreciated.
A memorial graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas.