Edith Outten Dougherty, 91, passed peacefully from this life to heaven on June 14, 2019. Edith had been a resident of Sun City Center, FL for the past twenty years. The daughter of Paul Augustus and Blanche Elizabeth Harrup Outten, she was born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, graduating from Craddock High School in 1944. She worked a year for the Seaboard Railroad, before marrying the love of her life Earl V. Williams in June 1946. They raised four children, moving from Virginia to New Jersey to Oklahoma over the next twenty plus years. Following Earl’s death in 1996 she married Jack Dougherty in 1998 and they moved to Florida. He died in 2010.
She was a member of many different civic groups including the NAFEC Women’s Club (NJ), the Oklahoma Rose Society, the Oklahoma City Book Club, and the Red Hat Society.
A lifelong Southern Baptist, she faithfully served in WMU, taught children’s and adult Sunday school, sang in the choir, and worked in VBS. At her death she was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Sun City Center. Throughout her life she consistently exhibited a caring and dedicated Christian attitude to loved ones and friends alike. She will be grealty missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by four children, Carl Williams and wife Donna of North Richland Hill, TX, Erlene Sheldon and husband Bob of Snead’s Ferry, NC, Clifford Bruce Williams of Sun City Center, Fl, and Linda Ray and husband Thomas of Plainview, TX; twelve grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Elsie Gayle Outten, her first husband, Earl Williams and her second husband Jack Dougherty.
Visitation will be held at Sun City Center Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 19, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The funeral will be held in Virginia at Snellings Funeral Home, with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.