Mary M. Williams

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Mary Ellen Moles Williams, born Feb. 4, 1920, of Chamblissburg, rejoined her husband of 63 years, Gerald L. Williams; her parents, George and Lillian Moles; sisters, Dorothy Moles McManaway and Aurelia Moles Tate; and her brothers, Aubrey Wilson and Edward Thomas Moles early Wednesday morning, September 11, 2013 at the age of 92. Surviving are her son, Gerald L. Williams, Jr. and wife, Jane of Springfield, and daughter, Susan Williams Bryan and husband, James (Jim) of Vinton; granddaughters, Jennifer Bryan Garner and husband, James, Christina Bryan Epperly and husband, Dock and Allison Bryan; great-grandchildren, Addison (Addy) and Bryson Garner and Easton Epperly; step-grandchildren, Tina Martin and James Bryan, Jr. and their children, Zachary Stewart and Alexandria Bryan. She is also survived by her sisters, Ruby Moles Franklin, Elery Moles Shrewsbury and Rachel Moles Saunders; brothers, Bernard Alfred Moles, Alvin Keith Moles and George Walker Moles; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends. She graduated from Stewartsville High School, Class of 1939, and worked at the Vinton Weaving Mill and other local jobs before leaving the area in 1944 to live in Washington, D.C. and worked at the Pentagon, where she met her future husband. They made their home in the Northern VA area, living first in Southeast Washington and then in Arlington, for almost 40 years. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Clarendon. She held jobs at Peoples Drug Store and Kann’s Department Store, but no job was more important to her than her job as mother and wife, at which she excelled. The couple returned to Bedford County in the early 1980’s, buying the Moles family home place and enjoying life in the country. She loved her family with complete devotion and unconditional love. Her home, the family home place, was always open and welcoming to everyone, with many delicious meals served there. She loved her church family, Beaverdam Baptist Church. She loved her many cats, her chickens and guineas, as well as gardening, especially flowers and her annual bountiful vegetable garden. She spent many enjoyable hours solving wordsearch puzzles. One of the greatest joys of her life was spending time with her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to express their appreciation to her long time physician, Dr. Daniel Bauer, Dr. Lowell Inhorn and staff at the Blue Ridge Cancer Center, Carilion Hospice, and her niece, Laura Saunders Hubschmidt. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to Beaverdam Baptist Church or the Addy Grace Foundation, 436 Brunswick Forge Road, Troutville, VA 24175. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Beaverdam Baptist Church in Chamblissburg with interment in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Oakey’s Vinton Chapel. Online condolences may be made at
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Published in Bedford Bulletin on Sept. 18, 2013
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