Posted On September 8th, 2010 -


Jean Jenny (Pope) Williams passed away July 16, 2010 at the M. Sullivan Hospice facility in Ewa. She was born in Honolulu on September 10, 1916 to Franklin and Dai Pope. She attended Sacred Hearts Academy and was a 1935 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

Her great love of nature and the multitude of colors and textures found therein led her to develop her talent as a weaver and fiber artist in the early 1950’s. Many of her impressive hangings are displayed in buildings throughout the island, including the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts as well as in museums on the mainland. She was the last surviving founder of the Hawaii Handweavers Hui.

She is predeceased by her husband George T. Williams and sisters Dorothy Pope and Thelma Greig. Jean is survived by her son, George F. (Carolyn) Williams of Waialua, Hawaii and daughter, Lynn (Thomas) Higgins of Chicago, Illinois. Her grandchildren include Mary Nani (Chris) Lhotah of St. Louis, Missouri, Earl Higgins also of St. Louis, Missouri, Bill (Linda) Higgins of Palo Alto, California, Amy Kainoa (Derek) Cook of Mountain View, California and Ross Keoki Williams of Seattle, Washington. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on September 17 at 10:30 A.M. with the service commencing at 11:00 A.M. at St. Christopher’s Church in Kailua. A light lunch will be served following the service. Private internment will follow at the Punchbowl Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in her memory, please consider the Institute for Human Services (IHS) or St. Christopher’s Church.

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