Petty Officer David Milton McWilliams, 23, of 3000 Avenue L, Bay
City, died Thursday, November 2, in Coronado, California in a
civilian hospital. He was born October 24, 1955, in Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma and was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his parents the Rev. and Mrs. Milton McWilliams,
Jr., of Bay City, two sisters, Mrs. Stella Lynn Boessling of Houston
and Mrs. Roxie English of Lacey, Washington, three uncles, Captain
H. G. Claudius of Altadena, California, the Rev. Gerald L. Claudius
of Kansas City, Missouri and Lt. Cmdr. Robert H. Claudius of West
Covina, California, and one aunt, Gail McWilliams of Midwest City,
Oklahoma, two nieces, Nicole Gorgey of Lacey Washington and Laura
Lynn Boessling of Houston, one nephew, Steven Wayne Boessling of
Houston and ten cousins.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
Thursday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. The Rt. Rev. J. Milton
Richardson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and the Rt.
Rev. Roger Cilley, Suffragan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
Texas will officiate. Interment will be in Hawley Cemetery with full
Pallbearers will be John Arlitt, Jay Cameron, Jeff Darby, Mark Dodd,
Jay Everett, Vic Everett, Jim Lewis, Lt. Andrew Pennington, Petty
Officer Randy Wysocki, Ensign Shelly Pennington and Lt. Robert L.
Requiem holy communion is slated for Thursday, November 9, 10:30
a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, with Rev. G. Richard Wheatcroft
and the Rev. Ben Shawhan, both of Houston, officiating.
Memorials may be made to the David Milton McWilliams Memorial
Carillon Fund, St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home.
The Daily Tribune, November 1978
[NOTE: Petty Officer McWilliams was disinterred and cremated. He was
inurned at St. Barnabas Columbarium, Fredericksburg, Texas.]
nee Gretchen Elizabeth Claudius
May 24, 1914 - May 6, 2006
Milton McWilliams died May 6, 2006 in Fredericksburg Nursing Home
after eleven months courageous battle with brain hemorrhaging and
surgeries. The family members will receive friends in the Schaetter
Funeral Home from 7 until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2006.
A Requiem Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St.
Barnabas Episcopal Church on May 17, 2006, Fredericksburg, Texas.
Interment follows at the St. Barnabas Columbarium.
Mrs. McWilliams was born May 24, 1914 in Omaha, Nebraska, the only
daughter of August H. Claudius, an immigrant from Germany and
Constance Moriarty Claudius an immigrant from Ireland.
She married Seminarian Milton McWilliams of Ardmore, Oklahoma on
July 17, 1948, in St. John's Episcopal Church, Omaha, Nebraska. They
celebrated their fifty seventh anniversary on July 17, 2005 in the
Rehab Unit of Sid Peterson Hospital, Kerrville, Texas.
Mrs. McWilliams graduated from Omaha North High School and worked
for a number of years in the insurance industry. Then she entered
and graduated in 1946 from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with
a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. She was a member of Phi Beta
Kappa academic fraternity and Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority. She
was a Team Leader in Student Union activities. Gretchen also was a
student at Columbia University, New York City. She graduated with a
Master's Degree in
Christian Education from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific,
Berkeley, CA. in 1948.
Gretchen became Christian Education Director of St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, Oakland, CA, the largest Parish in the Diocese of
California. In 1951, she became Chaplain of Episcopal Students at
the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. In the Episcopal Diocese of
Oklahoma she was a Team Member of the initial Renewal Ministries
such as Parish Life Conferences. She also was a Counselor for
Episcopal Summer Youth Camps in the Diocese of Oklahoma.
Moving to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in 1958 in Houston, she was
involved in such renewal ministries as Cursillios, Marriage
Encounter Weekends, Beginning Experience Weekends, and other
conferences for adults. She also was a committed member of St.
Francis Episcopal Church Houston and starting in 1962 of St. Mark's
Episcopal Church, Bay City. In both Houston and Bay City she
assisted in the founding of hospital auxiliaries at Spring Branch
Hospital, and Matagorda County Hospital respectively. In 1986
Gretchen moved to Fredericksburg, Texas.
In addition to her parents, Gretchen was preceded in death by their
son, David Milton McWilliams, a United States Navy Nuclear Plant
Operator on the Cruiser Long Beach; by three brothers and two
She is survived by: her husband, the Reverend Milton McWilliams, an
Episcopal Church Priest; a daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs.
Carlos Ortiz, Houston, Texas; two grand children and their spouses,
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Wayne Boessling, Houston, Texas and Mr. and Mrs.
Tom Ward, New Braunfels, Texas; a grand God-daughter and her spouse,
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Higby, Tuscon, Arizona; three great grand
children; a sister-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews,
including Mrs. Nancy Carlock Rogers and Mr. David Carlock, both of
Dallas, Texas, who devotedly affirmed the Family for many years and
in particular the past several months.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Parish Hall Fund,
601 West Creek Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624; or the Hill Country
Youth Ranch, P. O. Box 67, Ingram, TX 78025; or the charity of your
Arrangements are under the auspices of Schaetter Funeral Home,
Expressions of compassion may be sent to www.schaetter.com.
Bay City Tribune,
Published May 14, 2006