Mary Jane Williams

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Mary Jane Kaplan Williams, daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, worker, life participant, lost her long battle with emphysema and cancer. She passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in the peaceful surroundings of her home. The second of eight children, she was born to Henry and Jennie Kaplan on Oct. 23, 1930, in Eagles' Nest, N.M. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, infant son Jerome, and five of her seven siblings. She is survived by her older brother, Henry "Hank" Kaplan, and her sister Marge Stripes; by her six children: Jennie (Kent Turner) of Placitas, N.M., Howard "Chip" (Cheri) Williams, of Las Cruces, Judith Kirkpatrick (Lawrence Zendler) of Las Cruces, Kenneth "Ken" Williams (Nancy Lee) of Fair Oaks, Calif., Kevin Williams, of Hobbs, N.M., and Karl Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Jane grew up in Raton, N.M., and went to business college in Albuquerque, then went to work as a bookkeeper. She met her future husband, Roy J. Williams, and they married in 1949. Together they raised their six children in New Mexico. In 1962, the couple moved the family to Las Cruces, where Roy had a job with the National Guard. Mary Jane dedicated much of her time and energy to supporting her church, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and she excelled in organizing her family to help her in these efforts. She loved celebrating holidays with her family, and took great joy in cooking and feeding family and friends. She was the "neighborhood mom" and friends of the kids were frequent visitors to her dining room table and home. After all the children were in school, Mary Jane sought and found employment in the Dona Ana County treasurer's office. She enjoyed this work and stayed with them for more than 20 years, rising to the position of chief deputy treasurer before retiring. Although treasurers are elected, she would be "appointed" chief deputy treasurer by the incoming treasurers. After retiring, due to failing eyesight, her one enjoyment was playing the slots at the casinos. She became an avid three-coin, single-line quarter slot-machine fanatic. The only thing she loved more was her children. When they asked who she loved the most, she always answered "I take the Fifth." In celebrating her life, Mary Jane's family and friends will join in a rosary service at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 South Espina. In addition, a memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Cathedral. Immediately following the service, her ashes will be placed in the Columbarium alongside her husband. Her children invite all friends to these services in remembrance and celebration of her life. Final arrangements have been through La Paz-Grahams Funeral Home.
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La Paz - Graham's Funeral Home - Las Cruces
555 West Amador  Las Cruces, NM 88005
575-526-6891
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 19, 2014
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