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April 12, 1942 January 22, 2018
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Clarice B. “CeCe” Williams, of Republic, Missouri, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 75 years, 9 months, and 10 days. She was born April 12, 1942 in Seymour, Missouri to Charles and Mary (Keele) Gifford. Following the death of her parents, at the age of three, Clarice went to live with her older sister, Eva (Gifford) Garrison.

Clarice was married to the love of her life, Robert E. “Bobby” Williams in August 1968.

Clarice worked in the coffee shop in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Missouri, and later opened a daycare in her home. Her love of children was felt by her numerous daycare children, many who kept in touch with her into their adult lives. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Clarice enjoyed cooking and preparing delicious meals for extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Williams; her parents, Charles and Mary Gifford; sisters, Eva Garrison, Priscilla Bowers, Ellen Moody, and Amanda Gifford; brothers, James Gifford, Charles Gifford, and Paul Gifford; a niece who was raised as a sister, Mary Dinwiddie; sisters in law, Mabel Williams, Pat Angst, Linda Harter, and Mary Stacy; brother in law, William E. Williams; and other beloved family members and friends.

Clarice is survived by a daughter, Sherry Davis, Tampa, FL; granddaughters, Stormy and Samantha Reynolds; a grandson, Harley Reynolds; four great grandchildren; a brother, Joe Keele, Powell, WY; nieces that were raised as sisters, Joyce Duke, Jan Stewart, and Edna Lawson, all of Springfield, MO; a nephew that was raised as a brother, J.R. Garrison and wife Pam, Seymour, MO; sisters in law, Mildred Mack, Rogersville, MO, and Lois Jean Lacey and husband James, Republic, MO; brothers in law, Sonny Pruitt and wife Sue, Mechanicsville, VA, Danny Pruitt and wife Linda, Lebanon, MO, Robert Harter, Billings, MO, and Dale Stacy, Republic, MO; and a host of other close family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., with the funeral service beginning at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, January 26, 2018, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Family and friends may share online condolences at

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