Margaret J. (Dirks) Williams (1929 - 2012)

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SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – Margaret J. Williams, age 83, a fifteen-year resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., passed away Monday, June 25. She was born April 2, 1929 in Olin to Henry and Louise Dirks, one of five daughters. She grew up in Iowa and was married to Lewis E. Williams in 1951. They had three children together, and raising a family was the highlight and happiness of her life. Lewis and Marge raised their children in Independence. Marge was an exceptional mother, gifting her children with unconditional love. Granted that is a rare trait, but she did it so well. Her children know that there is nothing at all that could ever separate them from her love. That's probably the most precious gift that a parent could ever give a child, and that is what she gave easily and freely. She was also blessed with a quick wit and easy sense of humor. She was quick to spot the humor in life and could easily laugh at herself. In even the more trying moments, she would find the light side. That exceptional sense of humor, coupled with unconditional love made her a joy to be with. People felt comforted and cared for around her. And so did her animal friends. In her final years, she and her pet dog, Litty, were inseparable. Marge was a beautiful human being and the family and friends blessed with her presence will miss her deeply.
Margaret was preceded in death by three sisters; she is survived by her daughters Constance Williams (Neil Hirsch) of Tehachapi, Calif., and Cathy Woods (Terry) of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; son James Williams (Rocio) of Tombstone, Ariz.; sister Virginia Bartels of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren Lauren Michelle Allen, Stephanie Karin Hirsch, Priscilla Lynda Woods, Julian Thomas Woods, James Lewis Williams and Shannen Leticia Williams and former spouse Lewis Williams (Julie Scott) of Sierra Vista, Ariz.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 at the Sierra Vista Community United Church of Christ at 240 N. Hwy 90 Bypass, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Condolences can be sent to Cathy Woods, 2302 Piccadilly Dr, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 11 to July 21, 2012