Mary L. Williams (1920 - 2012)

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Mary L. Williams, 92, of East Peoria, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at 11:42 a.m. at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born April 3, 1920, in Alpena, Ark., to Robert and Mary (Roberts) Hudson. Ten days after she was born her mother died and she was raised by her grandparents, John and Fanny Roberts in Harrison, Ark. She married Robert W. Williams on Aug. 22, 1940. To this union three children were born. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret Lillian in 1963. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 1997; and by her sisters, Roberta and Barbara.

Mary is survived by her children, Marianne (Larry) Stowers of Springfield and Evan (Patty) Williams of Washington, Ill.; one sister, Edie of Maryville, Tenn.; her niece, Shirley (Ken) Milner of Olathe, Kan.; and many other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Steven Stowers, Phil (Jill) Stowers, Andy Stowers, Buford (Jenna) Stowers, David (Betsy) Williams, Brian Williams, Katie Williams and John Williams; and four great-grandchildren, Rachel, Isaac, Chun Le and Cooper Stowers.

Her husband Bob was a pastor and an Army Chaplain. They moved many times during his years in the Army as well as serving various pastorates in the Christian Church. She has lived in the Illinois communities of Lynnville, Jacksonville, Chicago, Roodhouse, Springfield, Washington and East Peoria. During her husband's years in the Army they served in Germany, Japan, Hawaii and several places in the U.S. including one by Clarksville, Tenn.

Mary enjoyed meeting people and made many good friends with whom she kept in contact and visited over the years. She loved to read and work crossword puzzles. After the death of her daughter, Margaret, she wrote a devotional booklet about grief entitled "Sorrow Speaks."

She was a member of Sunnyland Christian Church, where there will be a memorial service on Friday at 3 p.m., with a visitation service one hour prior. Cremation has been accorded. Burial of cremains will take place at a later date at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sunnyland Christian Church or the Christian Church in Illinois/Wisconsin. Mary's memorial website may be found at where online condolences may also be sent to the family.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on June 13, 2012
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