Saturday, January 6, 2018

Original Maybelline family descendant, Donna Williams, passed away January 2nd. 2018

0n January 2, 2018, my beautiful sister, Donna Jean Williams passed away in her Dana Point home after a year long battle with cancer.

Donna was born, March 24, 1949, in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Culver City, CA. An original descendant of the famed Maybelline family and MGM executives.

She attended Westchester Lutheran School, Linda Vista Grammar School, in Blair Hills CA, Notra Dame Academy, Culver City Jr and High School and finally Santa Monica High School and College.

Donna 1966
She loved surfing and got her first Dewey Weber surfboard on her 15th Birthday in 1964. From that time on she spent most of her time at the beaches in Santa Monica, where she hung out with a group of surfers  who represented Zephyr surfboard shop in surf competitions in the early 70's.

"The Z Boys" became a big part of Donna's life and she was there at the birth of skateboarding in Santa Monica and Venice CA. She was also interested in a modeling career and attended Patricia Stevens Modeling School and eventually became an extra in several films.

Donna with her cousins Nancy and Chuck Williams at her parents home on Lido Isle, 1971

in 1970's she lived in Marina Del Rey and enjoyed many endless summers as part of the surf generation. 

Donna and her brother Preston 1978
In the 1980's Donna began an active real estate career in Marina Del Rey . Eventually she transferred to the Dana Point CA office to be near family members. On a daily basis, Donna could be seen walking her popular poodle Lola at the Harbor. 
Donna in France on Bastille Day, 1972
Donna was a lifelong patron of the arts, world traveler, an animal activist, gifted gardener and a talented artist.

                                  "A true fashionista."

Donna and Lola 2016
In latter years she attained a business degree at Vanguard University and continued both her real estate and family financial consultant work for many years.

Donna, January 2017, right after being diagnosed stage one cancer.

 She possessed a delightful spark for life,
 full of creativity, humor and compassion enjoyed
 by all who knew her.

 She'll be especially missed by her sisters Sharrie
Lynn Williams, Billee Rae Williams,and her brother 
William Preston Williams lll.

Donna with Georgia, Craig, Rex and Kai, at her home, one month before her death

as well as her niece Georgia Youtsey, (Craig) grandnephews Kailer and Rex Youtsey and a multitude of friends, fans and colleagues.  

Donna with her sister Billee, and great nephews, Kai and Rex
A memorial party is being planned in the Spring.  Location and time will be posted soon. 

Sharrie and Donna Williams at Crystal Cove 2012

Inseparable. I will miss you until we meet again sweet sister. 

Venice Beach 80s

Never having children on her own, she was a second mother to my daughter, Georgia.
Donna 1980's Venice Beach roller skating
Obituary in Sunday LA Times

Sharrie and Donna Williams at Culver City High School

Flight Attendants carried Maybelline in their over-night bags in the 1960s

Remember when Flight Attendants were called Stewardesses?

And carried over-night bags on short trips!
Well, most likely these Maybelline products could be
 found in most of their bags during the 1960s.

1960's American Airline Commercial.  Check the make-up and oh, were they really so naive!  I guess so, and to think that's what I aspired to be when I was 19...But Maybelline was the make-up in most every girls bags...Why?  because it was Quality Yet Sensibly Priced.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas from Author, Sharrie Williams. Here are some of my favorite vintage family Christmas pictures

Tom Lyle Williams was known as Unk Ile to his family.
He remembered every single one of his siblings, their children and their children's children on Christmas. My sisters, brother and I, couldn't wait for our shiny $10.00 bill inside a money-card, that said Merry Christmas Lots of love from Unk Ile.

Sharrie and Donna Williams, 1949

Sharrie and Donna, 1952,

Tom Lyle Williams with Billee, Christmas, 1959

Donna, Sharrie and Billee Williams, 1959.

Bill Williams with his uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, 1959.

Tom Lyle and Bill Williams, with Billee in the background, 1959

Tom Lyle with googley eye glasses, 1959.

my baby brother Preston 1960

Read about the founding of the Maybelline Company in

 1915, to it's sale in 1967 in my book The Maybelline Story.
 You will meet it's founder and owner, Tom Lyle Williams,
and his family. 

Vintage Merry Christmas 1943 during WW11

Christmas poker game with Noel J,  Dick,  Neppy, Frances and antie Ida, (Frances sister.) Chicago

Noel J, with two of his four children, 23 year old,
 Neppy and 11 year old Dick Williams.

Dick Williams, playing with one of his Christmas presents,a toy, WW ll, bomber plane. Dick was fascinated with speed and was the first kid in school, to have a motorcycle, when he was only 14 years old.  

Christmas 1965, Evelyn Williams, Nana, my dad, Bill, me, and Unk Ile, (TL Williams.)

Unk Ile and Nana, 1966.

Sharrie, Bill, Unk Ile, Billee, my mother, Pauline,
 Donna, Nana, Christmas, 1967.

Bill, Vince Aiken, Charlie Lewis as Santa, my mother,
 Pauline and Billee, 1967.

Debby Angel, Preston as Santa, and Billee, 1968.

 Christmas, 1969, Lido Isle, Newport Beach, California.

Nana at my dad's home in Palm Springs,
 California 1973.

My Baby Georgia, with Santa, 1978.

 Christmas Past with some of my Maybelline Family Cousins

Cousin Ann Louise Williams-Corbett, with Jimmy, Nancy, Chuck and and their father,  Noel A. Williams, Christmas 1961.

Noel A. Williams Christmas, 1967.

Chuck Williams BB1, 1967

Chuck and his mother, Jean Williams, Christmas, 1970.

Some of my Maybelline cousins.  Top row, Ann Louise Williams-Corbett, Christine Williams-Huber, Nancy Williams, Chuck Williams, James Williams-Huber, Julee Williams-Huber, Jimmy Williams.  Christmas, Montecito,  California, 1970. 

Nancy and Chuck Williams with cousin Ann Louise Williams-Corbett, 1970. 

Nan, (Eva,) Jerry, Marilyn and Dick Westhouse, Jackie Haines with baby Dave and Gramps, (Ches Haines) 

Dave Westhouse

Dave, Marilyn, Jerry and Dick Westhouse Christmas 1953

It's been 50 years ago this December since the Maybelline Co. sold to Plough Inc. It changed all of our lives in ways that we never expected. We were all kids and had the fun of going through the amazing experience together. You can read more about it in my memoir, The Maybelline Story and in my new book coming out next year. Stay tuned for more on that in 2018.