CHARLESTON -- Waneta Converse Bock of Charleston died at 7:24 a.m. Nov. 9, 2006, at the Charleston Manor.
Born in Conrad, Mont., Sept. 2, 1918, to Arthur Blinn Converse and Mayme Martin Converse, Waneta and her sister Colleen Converse were raised by their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Martin, after their mother died in the flu epidemic of 1918. The girls' grandmother brought them in 1924 to Charleston where Mrs. Bock lived until her death.
In September 1936, she married Harold Williams. They had two sons, Roy Blaine Williams and David Martin Williams. On June 14, 1946, she married Charles C. (Brother) Bock Jr. of New Madrid. The Bocks lived in Charleston and raised Waneta's sons and their daughter, Jane Bock Young.
Mrs. Bock worked as a clerk for Ellis' Jewelry Story and was secretary for Citizens Bank and for Charleston High School until her retirement. Mrs. Bock was a member of the Charleston United Methodist Church where she played the piano and taught Sunday school for years. She began teaching the Susannah Wesley Class in her 70s and taught that class until she was 85. She was a charter member of Charleston's Junior Study Club and a Girl Scout leader. Waneta enjoyed water color painting, sewing and was a member of the Tuesday morning Sewing Club.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Roy Blaine Williams and Barbara Katherine Williams of Lake Saint Louis and David Martin Williams and Patricia Ann Williams of East Prairie; and her daughter and son-in-law, Jane Bock Young and Reginald E. Young of Charleston.
Surviving grandchildren are Roy Blaine Williams Jr., Bruce Demar Williams of St. Charles, Mary Waneta Fischer of Jackson, Sari Ann Kersey of East Prairie, David Martin Williams II of St. Louis, Mayme Young Miller of Jefferson City, Jane Ellis Griggs of St. Louis, along with three stepgrandchildren, David Hequembourg of Huntsville, Ala., Debbie Bilzing of St. Charles and Rene Koch of St. Charles; 15 great-grand children, six great-stepgrandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Surviving nieces and nephews are Amos Blynn Hargrave, Nana Hargrave Carrillo, Frances Bock, George Milton Bock, H. Riley Bock, Lynn N. Bock and Elizabeth Bock.
Her husband, Charles C. Bock Jr.; one sister, Colleen Converse Hargrave; one nephew, Daniel McCoy; and one great-nephew, Amos Camden Riley Bock, predeceased her.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Charleston with the Rev. Roger Jespersen, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be George Bays, Keith Moore, William G. Brewer, James M. Thurmond Jr., Richard Logan and Emmett Burke.
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