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. They lived in various locations in Arkansas and his home state of Illinois prior to moving to Kansas City in 1950. She made many trips back home to visit and help her parents, brothers and sisters, as well as anyone else who needed her.
Mary always made her summer trip to attend the Smith/Sparkman family reunion in Ash Flat, then stayed for the remainder of her vacation to visit her family.
Mary was an excellent employee for Sunshine Biscuits from 1950 until she retired in 1982. She began with Loose Wiles as a "cracker packer" working hard, manually packing each stack of crackers. As technology progressed, so did Mary and by the time she retired, the machines were doing the work and she had to do was push to buttons.
For 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. Even during the past few years of dialysis, Mary felt that she needed to clean or do some sort of work around her house every day.
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, attending monthly meetings.
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: 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.; a son, Charles D. Williams of Kansas City; 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, Charles L. Williams in 1979; her parents, Laura (Smith) and Wycie Sparkman; and sisters and brothers, Tress, Dorothy, Ailene, Irvin, Ernest, Lester and Virgil.