Nora Gene McWilliams, 91, of Towanda, KS, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at home. Visitation 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018 at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta. Service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Towanda United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Towanda Cemetery. Nora Gene was born in El Dorado, KS on October 6, 1926, to the late Lura May (Cox) and Albert Guilford Pyle. She graduated from Towanda High School and later attended Columbia Christian Female College. On December 13, 1948 she married James Rodney "Rod" McWilliams in Wichita, KS. In the early 1950's she and Rodney ran a farm in Raymondville, TX. Nora Gene worked as a secretary at Towanda Grade School for many years and later worked as a secretary in the Circle High School guidance counselor's office. Nora Gene and her husband owned a small mountain lodge called Singing River Ranch in Questa, NM where many family and friends enjoyed spending time. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was also a member of the Towanda United Methodist Church. Nora Gene loved to volunteer and volunteered at many places including the Union Rescue Mission and at hospitals. She was preceded in death by: her husband, Rodney; her brother, Tom Pyle; granddaughter, Naomi. She is survived by: son, Michael McWilliams and wife Brenda of Towanda, KS; daughter, Debra Wilson and husband Jimmie of Towanda, KS; son, John "Rocky" McWilliams and wife Beverly of Benton, KS; sister, Gayle DaMetz of Towanda, KS, and Alberta Gardner of El Dorado, KS; sister in law, Marilyn Pyle of Towanda, KS; grandchildren, Audrey Varner (Donny) of Russell KS, Ed Cabana of Towanda, KS, Jennifer Primm (Mike) of Wichita, KS, Roxanne Butler (Rusty) of Towanda, KS, Josh Wilson of Towanda, KS, Heather McWilliams of Wichita, KS; 16 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren. Memorial donations to Alzheimer's Association 1820 E. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67214.
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