Marion Williams

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AMHERST – Marion Lunham "Mama" Williams, 100, of Applewood retirement community in Amherst, MA, formerly of Bronxville, NY, died peacefully in her sleep at Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

 She was born in White Plains, New York on April 16, 1918 to Alice Evelyn Tompkins and Wilbur B. Lunham. She was married to Henry Oxboel, with whom she had one child, Eric, and then re-married to Richard Williams, a well-known local artist with whom she had a daughter, Marjorie, and a son, Donald.

 Marion enjoyed music, especially country music, and had a great love of nature, the ocean in particular. Apropos to a lifelong love of reading, she worked extensively in the Westchester, New York library system, finally settling in to a long employment with the Scarsdale Public Library. She was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Tuckahoe, NY.  On her 100th birthday, she was honored by the town of Amherst as being their oldest living resident.

 Marion was the matriarch of a large extended family and was intimately invested in their lives and well-being as she meticulously tracked their birthdays and milestones events. Marion loved to laugh and was especially fond of family occasions where her sense of humor was on full display. Her home was often the site for holiday gatherings, especially Christmas where her home-baked Christmas cookies attained a legendary status. She was strong, resilient and always looking forward to every new event in her life.

 She is survived by her son, Eric Oxboel and his wife Lynne of Mount Kisco, New York, her daughter Marjorie Budd and her husband Mark of Ashburn, Virginia, and her son Donald Williams and his partner Celia Mackinnon, of Northampton. In addition she is survived by ten grandchildren (and one deceased grandchild), and twelve great-grandchildren.

 A private family ceremony took place at White Plains Rural Cemetery arranged by the Westchester Funeral Home. The family would like to extend a special thanks of appreciation to both Applewood and the Hospice of Fisher House for their wonderful care and consideration.

 Memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 11, 2018