Alta Vena Lett (Reeder) (Milling) McWilliams died peacefully on Dec. 9, 2012, with her daughters Mary and Martha at her side.
A graveside will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Morgan Mill Cemetery in Morgan Mill. Family and friends will be in attendance.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Lacy Funeral Home, 1380 North Harbin Drive, Stephenville, Texas, 76401.
Born in Fort Worth in 1922, her parents were Vena Mae Davis and Sterling Jerome Lett. Mrs. McWilliams was reared in Fort Worth and remained there until her marriage to Army Lt. William H. Reeder in January 1942.
A graduate of Texas A&M, Lieutenant Reeder deployed to the Pacific Theatre during World War II, where he was eventually killed in action in August, 1943, in the Solomon Islands.
Alta eventually returned home to live with her parents, where she met and married her second husband, Doctor Roscoe G. Milling, a graduate of the University of Texas and founder of the Milling Sanitarium in Glen Rose. It was there that she bore three daughters, Mary, Martha and Faith.
Widowed again in 1962, Alta eventually married Dennis Strickland McWilliams, and they lived in Cleburne until his death in 1980.
Mrs. McWilliams remained in Cleburne until she moved to Blythewood, South Carolina, in 2004 to live with her daughter, Mary Milling Brick, and her husband, Sam, both who lovingly cared for her through the remaining years of her life.
For many years, Alta faithfully attended Westside Church of Christ in Cleburne, and her faith in her Lord remained unswerving every moment of her life.
She is survived by her three daughters, two step-sons, David and Barry McWilliams, 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Alta was preceded in death by older sister, Helen Marie Schmitt, whose son Paul currently lives in San Antonio. She was also preceded in death by younger brother, James E. Lett, who is survived by his wife, Florence, and their children, Jeff and Aaron.