H.L. “Pepper” Williams, age 66, of Buffalo, passed away surrounded by her greatest treasure, her family, on Friday, Sept. 6 at University of Colorado Health Center in Aurora, Colorado after a courageous battle of 10 years with cancer.
Pepper was born Jan. 30, 1953 to Darrell and Dorothy (Peters) Webster in Benton, Illinois. When Pepper was 9 years old the Webster family moved to Mesa, Arizona, where Pepper graduated from Mesa High School in 1971. Upon graduation she was awarded a scholarship to William Woods College. On Jan. 15, 1981 Pepper married Jeff Williams, her husband of 39 years, in Chandler, Arizona. In October of 1981 Pepper and Jeff moved to Buffalo, Jeff’s hometown.
Pepper was very active in the Buffalo community. Her memorable portrayals of past Buffalo residents at the annual Cemetery Tour was her favorite. She enjoyed portraying the unsung heroes who quietly made contributions to early life in Buffalo. Pepper’s passion in life was writing. She has written and published numerous historical articles, such as the series published in the Sentry magazine, a publication of the Jim Gatchell Museum. The series was the biographies of the men from Johnson County who served and died in wars from the Spanish American War to the Vietnam War and whose names are listed on the war memorial located at Fort and Main streets. She was writing two novels at the time of her death.
Pepper’s greatest pride was her family. She is survived by her husband Jeff, three daughters, Shawnee, Stacee, and Michaela; three sons, Brandt, Morgan, and Tyler; her sister and brother in-law Betsy and Jim Hatfield; eight grandchildren, Tate, Britnee, Katarina, Joesee, Devon, Davni, Clarissa, and Jaycyn; two great-grandchildren, Anastasia and Kohan; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
An informal celebration of Pepper’s life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at the Johnson County Library. Family and friends are invited.
Donations may be sent directly to the Jim Gatchell Museum or the Johnson County Library in Pepper’s memory.
“I am not afraid of dying, I just really don’t want to be there when it happens.” Pepper Williams