Barbara Jean McWilliams Pederson

Posted 1/5/21

Barbara Jean McWilliams Pederson, born on July 19, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020 in Katy, Texas.

Daughter of William Paul McWilliams, Sr. and Mary Virginia …

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Barbara Jean McWilliams Pederson

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Barbara Jean McWilliams Pederson, born on July 19, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2020 in Katy, Texas.

Daughter of William Paul McWilliams, Sr. and Mary Virginia Lynch McWilliams, Barbara graduated from Kansas City’s Westport High School in 1947. She married her husband, Ralph Herman Pederson, on June 1, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri. Barbara and Ralph were married for 61 years until his passing on December 24, 2013. While living in Overland Park, Kansas, together they welcomed their first child, Delbert Ralph Pederson, on April 24, 1956 and their daughter, Virginia Jean Pederson Solomon on April 27, 1962. The family moved to Katy, Texas in July 1972 where she enjoyed working in Spring Branch ISD and Katy ISD. Barbara retired from Katy ISD in 1995.

Barbara enjoyed playing bridge. She was a member of the Katy Area Bridge League as well as played as often as she could at the Katy Senior Center.  She also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and game shows. She was an avid baseball fan especially the Houston Astros and Houston Baptist University Huskies!

Her greatest joy in life was watching her grandchildren in all of their activities. Whether it was soccer, baseball, basketball, softball or band, she never missed a chance to watch them.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, her son Delbert Ralph Pederson, brother Byron Ellis McWilliams, husband Ralph Herman Pederson, nephew Larry Michael Evans and brother William Paul McWilliams Jr.

She is survived by her sister Pauline Lee McWilliams Evans of Grain Valley Missouri, her brother Clifford Osborn McWilliams of Owasso, Oklahoma, her daughter, Virginia Jean Pederson Solomon (Jeff Solomon) of Katy, Texas, grandchildren Katherine Pleasant Pederson Lopez (Brian Lopez) and Mark Allen Pederson (Pamela Pederson) of Round Rock, Texas, grandchildren Kara Faith Solomon and Matthew Del Solomon of Katy, Texas, and great grandchildren, Sawyer Ward Pederson, Riley Jean Pederson, Avery Marie Pederson and Parker Hope Mullens and numerous cherished nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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