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Mary Williams

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Mary Williams 1915 - 2012 NORTH ADAMS Mary (Haskins) Williams, 97, a lifelong resident of North Adams, died peacefully after living a long fulfilling life on April 16, 2012, at The Courville in Manchester, N.H. She was born in North Adams on Jan. 13, 1915, daughter of Katherine Doyle Haskins and Herman Arthur Haskins. Her husband, Andrew L. Williams, was killed in action in 1944 during World War II. Mrs. Williams attended local schools and worked for many years as a pentagrapher at the Arnold Print Works in Adams. She also worked at the Ester Jaffee Ryan Boutique and Anne Kelly's Millinery, both formerly located on Main Street. Mrs. Williams was known for her flair for fashion and wore her clothing and hats to perfection. She also enjoyed gardening, golf, writing poetry and spending time with her large extended family. Her greatest pleasure was seeing her 80 year-old father gain fame as a primitive artist. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Stuart Steele of Amherst, N.H., three grandchildren, Erinn Steele-Murch of York, Maine, James Steele of Devon, Pa. and Kathryn Emond of Amherst, N.H. She also leaves 11 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Williams is also survived by two brothers, Robert Haskins and Kenneth Haskins, all of North Adams, along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Helen Frederick, Katherine Frederick, and Barbara Emery, and one brother, Harold Haskins. Mrs. Williams was an active participant in the Emblem Club and the Rosary Society at St. Francis Church. She was a member of Saint Francis Parish until its closing. She also enjoyed The Catholic Daughters, a church affiliated organization. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Mary Williams will be Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 10:15 AM from FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday from 5-7 PM.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 17, 2012
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