Isobel Williams had zest for travel, music

ISOBEL Williams knew an extraordinary number of secrets by working for a leading Albury legal practice for 50 years.

But her training at Tietyens taught her to be discreet on confidential matters at all times as she served a succession of lawyers, first as a receptionist and stenographer and later for 30 years as a qualified law clerk.

Miss Williams, who retired from the practice in 1988, died at Sandringham Hospital in Melbourne this week, aged 92.

She was born in Geelong in 1921 and moved to Albury with her parents, Bert and Mary-Ellen Williams, and siblings as a child.

In 1938, after attending Albury Public School and Albury High School she joined the law firm then known as Tietyens and Angel.

Miss Williams was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church, now absorbed in the police headquarters in Olive Street, and in 1975 published a history of the local congregations, The March of Methodism.

Her other great interests were music and travel.

She was a leading member of the ABC concerts committee that supported half-a-dozen classic music concerts a year in Albury for decades, serving as president in 1967-69 and secretary for nine years.

Her late sister Joan, deputy matron of the Albury Base Hospital for 26 years, was also unmarried and together they travelled overseas extensively.

After her retirement from Tietyens, Miss Williams remained in Albury to assist the former senior partner at Tietyens, Stan Jackling, who continued an independent practice until his death in 1994.

She had been a resident of a Sandringham nursing home for several years.

Funeral arrangements will be announced next week.

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