FORT WORTH -- Anita McConnell Williams died peacefully February 5th 2013 at a Fort Worth care facility. A family gravesite memorial will be held in Jackboro at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to a favorite charity are suggested. She was 103, having been born October 12, 1909 in Bryson, to Mr. & Mrs. Temple Stuart.
Anita received a BA degree from SMU and a MA from TCU and taught in Ft. Worth public schools for 30 years until her retirement. She was married in 1934 and widowed in 1946 by rancher/banker Edwin W. McConnell, Sr. of Jacksboro, with whom she had one child, the late Edwin (Eddie) W. McConnell, Jr. who died in September of 2012. In 1952 she married Charles T. Williams, the prominent Ft. Worth sculptor, and as the gracious hostess of the Williams studio played a notable role in the vibrant Texas art scene ofthe 50's and 60's. Anita lived her life fully and was greatly admired for her grace and intelligence. Her aesthetic appreciation and holistic philosophy of life were an inspiration to many.
She is survived by her step son, Karl B. Williams of Ft. Worth; granddaughter, Susan McConnell Reiter and husband Jon of Sonoma, CA; grandson Matthew Randolph Williams of Arlington; great grandson Agustin McConnell Reiter of Sonoma, CA; and daughter-in-law Lynelle Cherryhomes McConnell of Denton.