Funeral for woman shot by Utah school teacher to take place Friday


    The funeral for a woman who was brutally shot by a school teacher in Midvale will be held Friday in Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Tawny Williams)

    (KUTV) -- The funeral for a woman who was allegedly shot by a school teacher in Midvale will be held Friday in Arizona, the Spilsbury Mortuary stated in a Facebook post.

    Lisa Williams, 26, was allegedly killed by her boyfriend's ex-wife, Chelsea Cook.

    Williams' mother posted a sweet tribute to her daughter on social media, asking the public to remember her for "how she lived" and not "how she was killed."

    According to the post, a public viewing will be held at the Centennial Park Chapel in Centennial Park, Arizona on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.

    The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Interment will take place in the Centennial Park Cemetery following the services, the post stated.

    The Spilsbury Mortuary posted Williams' obituary on their Facebook page. It reads as follows:

    In Loving Memory
    Lisa Vilate Williams, 26, of American Fork, Utah passed away November 25, 2018. She was born September 17, 1992 to Charles David Williams and Tawny Louise (Palmer) Williams in Hildale, Utah.
    Raised in Colorado City, Arizona, Lisa grew up with a large family that loved her dearly. It was love at first sight when she was born. Always gracious and kind, Lisa found many ways in her youth and throughout her life to express her truly generous and thoughtful nature. She loved kids, especially her nieces and nephews, and had a constant commitment to seek self-improvement and personal growth. Lisa epitomized elegance, both in her demeanor and her character.
    Lisa graduated from Centennial Park Academy in 2011. Following high school, she went to work at PRMI, a local mortgage company. There she met life-long friends, whom she referred to as her “office family.” Paul and Lisa Knudson held a special place in her heart.
    In late 2015, Lisa moved to Salt Lake City to care for her sister. She began working as a bank teller which challenged her shy and quiet nature. She found pride in her newfound ability to engage in “small talk.”
    Lisa was joyful and delighted in the little things. She had a green thumb and a passion for plants, especially finding and reviving the ones that were struggling--”It makes me love them more,” she’d say. To those who knew her well, she was funny, thoughtful, philosophical, and loved to engage in meaningful conversation. Taken too soon, our beautiful daughter, sister, aunt, and friend will be missed immensely.
    Lisa, is preceded in death by her brother Curtis John Williams and is survived by her parents, Tawny, Charles, LuAnn, and Lillian; her grandmother Ina Palmer; her siblings, Carmen Zitting, Charlie, Hyrum, Benjamin, Meagen Zitting, Melissa, Mary Naylor, Joshua, Rebekah, Jonathan, Laura, Cyndi, Abigal, Maureen, Zachary, Caleb, Katelyn, Jordan, Samuel, Kimberly, Allison, Whitney, Madyson, and Olivia Williams.



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