Obituary for Nancy Reta Williams

Nancy Reta Williams, of Safford, entered into eternal rest April 4, 2019, after fighting a long battle with breast cancer. She was born March 31, 1956, in Oxnard, California, to Herbert Randel and Edith Angle Higgins, with her siblings Jay Higgins Jr., Carla Higgins, Larry Randel, and John Randel.

The family moved to Safford, where the children attended school. Nancy graduated from Safford High School and then went on to Ricks College in Idaho. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nancy married Arlo Williams in the Mesa Arizona Temple and returned to the Gila Valley to make their home. They were blessed with six children; Katherine, Aaron, Amanda, Nathan, Karen, and Kalynn. Nancy loved baking, collecting cookbooks, sewing, doing crafts and collecting bells.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Arlo Williams; her children, Katerine Miller, Aaron Williams, Amanda McClellan, Nathan Williams, and Kalynn Artman; her siblings, Jay Higgins, Jr., Carla LeBaron, and John Randel; and nine grandchildren.

Nancy Reta Williams

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay Higgins, Sr. and Edith Higgins; her brother, Larry Randel; and her daughter, Karen Williams.

A viewing for Nancy will be held Friday evening, April 12, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Services for Nancy will be held Saturday, April 13th, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 20th Street Chapel, with Bishop Floyd Nuttall officiating. Interment will be in the Hubbard Cemetery following services.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at