Connie McWilliams, born Constance Yvonne Bedgood on January 6, 1936, went to be with her Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ on December 26, 2021 at Methodist Hospital, after a lengthy battle with health issues.
Connie lived her early childhood in California with her mother, Nettie Lindsay and then in Pottsboro,
Texas where she accepted Jesus as her Savior at age 8, while living with her maternal grandmother.
At age 10, Connie went to live with her father, Oscar Bedgood, stepmother, Margie, and her paternal
grandmother, Sally Wilson Bedgood in Tyler, Texas, where she spent the remainder of her childhood.
She attended Gary and Bonner Elementary Schools, Hogg Junior High, and graduated from John Tyler
High School in 1954, where she participated in the Blue Brigade, performing during halftime at football
After high school, she graduated from the Federal Institute, was hired by Shell Oil, married Floyd
Nicholas, and had three sons. In 1962, they moved to Houston and divorced, thereafter.
While raising her three sons, she resided in Oak Forest and then Spring Branch. During those years she
enjoyed involvement in the Dad’s Club football with her sons, and leading the cheer squad. Also during
those years, Connie became engaged, but never married one of her true loves, Leon Luttrell who took
her and the boys on camping trips with his Terry Trailer, water skiing, motor cycling, and fishing.
Connie worked for Texaco for 32 years, starting as a Junior Clerk in 1966, and retiring as a Geologist
Assistant in the fall of 1998. While there, she developed many lifelong friendships.
Following retirement, Connie’s life really soared, when she began taking flying lessons to fly single
engine planes. She had 200 hours of lessons and soloed at West Houston Airport. She enjoyed flying to
Tyler to visit with the class of 54 alumni at Gilbert’s El Charro Café.
Connie reentered the workforce to work for Harbor First Mortgage, a lawyer’s office, and 7 years at the
Harris County Toll Road Authority.
Connie especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were
her greatest joy. She also enjoyed spending time playing 42, especially with her sons, but also with
senior groups. She loved antiquing and going to tea rooms with her daughter in laws. She loved writing
short autobiographical stories that were published in magazines and books. She enjoyed old tv westerns
and watching football. Connie had many friends and wonderful neighbors that came to her aid and
assistance when she was in need. She also had a wonderful church family at Houston Faith Church.
Connie enjoyed Life!
Connie is survived by her brother Bill Bedgood and his wife Terry, her sister, Betty Belle Bedgood and
her sister Darlene Anaya; her three sons, Tony Nicholas and his wife Glenda, Lonnie
Nicholas and his wife Denise, and Tracy Nicholas and his wife Nicki. She is also survived by nine
grandchildren, Jeremy Nicholas, Sam Nicholas, Cristen Avila and husband Willy, Nathan Clark, Nina
Nicholas, Rebekah Edwards and husband Kavaris, Travis Nicholas, Skylar Nicholas, and Lance Nicholas,
and eight great grandchildren, Sarah, Christopher, Ciana, Samuel, Carlos, Elliott, Emrys, and Angus.
To honor her life, read the Bible, play 42, and remember the good times.
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