Born 11-30-1922 -- Died 8-20-2007
Mary Williams, 84, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Ash Flat, Ark., died Aug. 20, 2007, at Woodbine Nursing Home in Gladstone, Mo.
Mary was born Nov. 30, 1922, in Ash Flat, where she lived until marrying Charlie (Jack) in 1941 and they moved to Kansas City, but returned every summer for the family reunion.
She had been employed at Loose Wiles, later named, Sunshine Biscuits from 1950 until she retired in 1982. For many years, Mary would arise at 3:30 a.m. to prepare for work and then sit down to hand stitch her quilts.
She would make at least six quilts per year, which are treasured by the family and friends who received them.
As a member of Grandview Baptist Church, she remained a member of the 55 Club and was able to attend many of their dinners. Mary was also a member of the Sunshine Retirees Club, 184L.
Mary never met a stranger and was a good friend to all who knew her. She found great joy in her grandchildren Shirley, Michael and Paul III, with whom she spent many happy hours and numerous vacations together and loved being Granny.
We all learned so much from Mary, i.e. compassion, kindness, patience, charity, the list is endless.
Mary knew that she was truly loved and will never be forgotten.
She is survived by: a son, Charles D. Williams; her grandchildren, Shirley D. McCormack (Paul II) of Parkville, Mo., Michael J. Thomas of Kansas City, Mo.; a great-grandson, Paul R. McCormack III of Parkville, Mo.; her caregivers, Jack and Diane Aaron; a sister, Rene Wilkerson of Paragould, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by: her husband of 38 years, Charles L. Williams in 1979; her parents, Laura (Smith) and Wycie Sparkman; and sisters and brothers, Tress, Dorothy, Ailene, Irvin, Ernest, Lester and Virgil.
Funeral services were held Aug. 23 at the Skradski Funeral Home in Kansas City, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Grandview Baptist Church, 2600 Grandview Blvd., KCK 66102 or Hospice Burial Fund, 11 E. 40th St., KC, MO 64111.