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Marian E. Williams

May 13, 1932 - November 18, 2021

Marian Elizabeth Williams (Billie)

 

Billie left us to be with her Lord on November 18, 2021.  She died with the sure knowledge of her place in God’s kingdom.

 

Billie was born in Cooperstown, New York on May 13, 1932. Billie is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Quin Williams, her son, Charles Austin Williams, her parents, Charles and Mary Newell, and siblings, Imy Carter, Charles Newell, Roger Newell, Donald Newell, and Margie Newell.  She is survived by her sister, Noreen Newell, her children, David and wife, Roberta Williams, Mark and his wife, Paula Williams, Susie and her husband, John Stanley and her grandchildren, Marie Williams, Callie Williams, Austin Stanley, Carey Stanley and Erica Stanley and great grandson, Ahmias Tucker.

 

Mom was a vivacious woman who loved fiercely and tenaciously.  Mom and dad traveled the world over and wherever she went she gathered people, adding them to her very large extended international family. This family was very important to her and she enjoyed putting the energy into maintaining these connections throughout her lifetime.

 

Mom is remembered for her ready and contagious laughter, her generous spirit, and the great love she had for all people regardless of their station in life. She could strike up a conversation in the grocery store and the next thing they knew they were exchanging contact information or coming over for dinner.

 

Loving adventure, Mom Jumped into a life of travel with Quin.  They lived all over the world, including Alaska, which they always considered home.  They lived in New York, California, Colorado, Canada, Nevada, Mississippi, Cuba, Algeria, England, Texas, Florida, and Oregon among other places. These adventures were a source of wonderful, funny and poignant stories. Mom was a marvelous story teller, making even mundane incidents interesting and fun.

 

Mom had a very strong faith life. She was active in a church wherever she lived and volunteered in many organizations. As a lifelong Episcopalian, she was very active in the Episcopal Church of Alaska, including traveling to many of the villages and churches there. She always found time to help others in need, frequently visiting the Alaska Native Hospital and often helping to maintain a connection for those in the hospital with their village so far away. (Mom-net) The Bishop of Alaska at the time mom and dad lived there said, “Billie Williams is the most contagious Christian I know”

 

She was active in many other organizations, ACCA, now Alaska Easter Seals, FISH (Friends In Serving Humanity), local food banks in many cities she lived in, educational and other organizations to help those in need.  One of many great life lessons for our family was the year she gave our Thanksgiving dinner to a needy family and fed us hotdogs, allowing us to appreciate the value of putting the needs of others first, a favorite memory for the entire family.

 

She loved to sing, playing the guitar and leading many song fests.  She was an avid knitter and enjoyed art, both collecting and painting. Birds were a special interest, with an extensive bird list. Mom was an amazing cook, throwing meals together at the last minute for a group of any size.  She also was a writer, faithfully writing love letters when dad traveled with work (often for weeks at a time), many short accounts of interesting sometimes tragic yet funny accounts of her day, a short book about ACCA – it’s mission and her aligned passion, “Special Time and Special Place”, and she collaborated with Tay Thomas on the book “An Angel on His Wing”, a book about the Bishop of Alaska, including doing extensive research and interviews in villages all around Alaska.  Her interviews were also incorporated into the historical record by the Episcopal Church of Alaska.

 

Instead of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Billie Williams to one of these charities or a charity of your choice.

 

Providence Elder Place: https://give.providencefoundations.org/portland

Providence Foundations

Beneficiary: Providence Elder Place

PO Box 3375

Portland, OR 97208

 

For the last 4 years, Mom has been a resident for Tabor Crest Memory Care under the loving care of Lacra Radulescu and her very capable staff with the help and care of Elder Place.

 

Catholic Social Services: info@cssalaska.org

3710 E 20th Ave

Anchorage, Alaska 99508

 

 Mom was very active in working with food insecurity, and children with disabilities in Alask

John Stanley wrote this memorial

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lady whose presence lit up everywhere she stepped. The world does not see things the way she did. Her sight was always set, seeing God’s Spirit in everyone.

She loved fiercely and experienced life deeply.

No one could match her as a storyteller. And her laugh was infectious, bantering to deflate the prideful and lift the heavily burdened.

She read others without judgment and touched everyone’s sadness with her silent presence. She intended to be a reflection of God’s Grace. Little did she realize that was her gift, her superpower. The gift to rise above the darkness and help others do the same.

 

Her name was Marian “Billie” Williams.

May 13, 1932 – November 18, 2021.

May she rest in peace, rise in glory, and light perpetual shine upon her soul

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