Ethel LaRue Wilson Williams

Ethel LaRue Wilson Williams, 92, of St. George, Utah, has passed away due to age-related causes.

LaRue was born to Joseph Smith Wilson and Fern Angeline Ottley in Salt Lake City, Utah, and lived there until 1934 when the family relocated to San Diego, California for her father’s employment. There, after a storied childhood, she married John David Williams, Jr. in 1949 and began raising her six children. In 1969 the family moved to St. George, Utah.

For employment in her early years, LaRue was an expert stenographer and typist. She was a  lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From the age of 12 to the age of 89, LaRue enjoyed playing the organ and piano for church meetings and choirs. She served as a volunteer at the St George LDS Family History Center for over a decade. But mostly, LaRue was a dedicated wife and mother and that was her passion from the time of her marriage until her passing.

LaRue is survived by daughters Laura Bergeson (Bruce), Charlotte Wilhelm (Jon), Janet Cramer (Neal), and Jolene Leany (Brad) of the St. George, Utah area, and son John Williams (Christinna) of Las Vegas, Nevada. LaRue is predeceased by Joseph Smith Wilson (father), Fern Angeline Ottley Wilson (mother), John David Williams Sr. (father in-law), Sarah Matilda Goodrich Williams (mother in-law), Warren Joseph Wilson (brother), Daniel Joseph Williams (son), Teresa Meeker Williams (daughter in-law), Lincoln Bergeson (grandson), McKay Bergeson (grandson) and husband John David Williams Jr.

A visitation/viewing will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. for family and close friends. If attending, please wear a mask. Interment will take place in the St. George Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. For those who are not able to attend in person, services may be viewed online (Live or up to 90 days after the service) via Type in event number 35707 and password ELW2020.

Memories of LaRue can be shared online via a Zoom audio and video session on Sunday, September 6th, at 1pm Pacific Time. Participants can join by going to and entering Meeting ID: 823 4574 3580, then calling either 669-900-9128 or 253-215-8782.

The family wishes to acknowledge the kind and special care afforded LaRue by Zion’s Way Hospice and the Spring Gardens Assisted Living staff and nurses.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St, St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guest book at



9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Second Visitation


11:00 a.m.


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


12:30 p.m.
St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT 84770

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3 Responses

  1. What a talented and sweet grandma. Since our family doesn’t have any living grandma’s we appreciate Rayni sharing her with our family.
    She will be missed. We are so thankful for our knowledge of the plan of life which broadens our understanding and gives purpose to this journey of life.

  2. She War/is a wonderful, thoughtful, intelligent lady. With lots of spunk, quick wit, and pleasant to be around. She loved to play the organ and enjoyed life. She is enjoying heaven with John and family. We shared many great experiences.

  3. She’s my precious, darling “auntie Rue” who I already miss terribly, but at the same time, happy she can finally be with her “Eternal Boyfriend” as they enjoy their mansions on high! She was the kindest, most loving person to ever come into my life. I will be forever grateful for her, her love, her humor, her Giant personality, her amazing strength through enormous trials, her wisdom, her desire to share the gospel…and live it to the fullest. In her slight build was a formidable warrior, which I believe she learned from grandpa Wilson. She has left us with our fond memories…smiles at just the mention of her name…and her amazing legacy. All of my cousins are extremely talented, beautiful, and share her love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Farewell auntie. Loving you always, Teri

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