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Charlotte Nutt Williams

May 13, 1923 — September 5, 2003

East Moline, Illinois Charlotte Nutt Williams, 80, of East Moline, died Friday, September 5, 2003, in her home. Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline. Burial is in National Cemetery on the Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Memorials may be made to the Don and Charlotte Williams Scholarship Fund. The former Charlotte Jane Nutt was born May 13, 1923, in Moline, Illinois, the daughter of Bertram Vere and Charlotte (Adams) Nutt. Her family was associated with the former Moline Iron Works for over 60 years. She married Don Edward Williams Jr. on August 6, 1949, in Moline. He died October 9, 1997. He was founder and president of the Don E. Williams Company. Charlotte graduated from Paris, Illinois, High School in 1941. She received a B.A Degree from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, in 1945, majoring in speech, and minoring in English and French. She attended Denver and Northwestern Universities while pursuing a Masters Degree. She served as "Queen Moline" during Moline's Centennial in 1942. She began her career teaching speech, drama, and journalism at Garfield High School in Terre Haute, Indiana. Charlotte returned to Moline and worked at the former WQUA Radio as a Continuity Writer in charge of women's activities. Eventually, she went to work for WHBF Radio, and was a local radio celebrity. Known to her listeners as "Aunt Charlotte," she hosted a program called "Kiddies Corner" in which she told stories without a script, and had many fans. She was past president of the Moline Woman's Club from 1959 to 1961, and a long time member of Tri-City Garden Club, King's Daughters, and Chapter K.T. of P.E.O. Sisterhood. She enjoyed playing Bridge, and supported a large number of charities both local and national. She exercised her many talents in her hobbies as well as her early career and memberships. They included bowling, swimming, flower arranging, cooking, oil painting, traveling, and most notably, a passion for horses and pets which she shared with her husband for many years. Charlotte is survived by two nephews and a niece and their spouses, Wesley V. and Carol Nutt of Hampton, Illinois, Todd E. Nutt of DesMoines, Iowa, and Jamie A. and Greg Bonds of Decatur, Illinois; five great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins, Barbara Dirks of Sarasota, Florida, and Martha and Joseph Dunn of Seattle, Washington; and special friends, Dayna Smart of Aledo, Illinois, Sharon Hoaglund and Kent Holmgrain of East Moline, Paul Owens of Moline, and Tammie and Marvin Wink of Buffalo, Iowa, as well as all the employees at deWco. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, and brother, James V. Nutt. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com. END OF OBITUARY

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