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Apr 24, 1924 - Dec 3, 2012
Died at age 88. Survived by many friends she considered her family, and by her beloved canine companion, MO. Born in Kansas City, MO as the only daughter of Elmer C. Williamson and Ruth Peterman Williamson. Military service in WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots), April 1 - Sept 1 of 1944. She received a M.A. in Journalism at Columbia University, NY and a PhD. Graduate School of Journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught at University of Nebraska at Omaha starting in 1969. Her roles at the university included teaching in Communications, Faculty Senate, service as Vice President and President, Executive Assistant to Chancellor Del Weber, Interim Dean of Fine Arts, Interim University Relations Director, and Consultant at Nebraska Business Development Center. Mary was involved in several volunteer enterprises, including ombudsman at Ambassador Rehabilitation Center, SCORE counselor, Volunteers Assisting Seniors, and Hearts United for Animals.
No visitation, no service. Memorials to: Hearts United for Animals, P.O. Box 286, Auburn, NE 68305; Unity Church of Omaha, 3424 North 90th Street, Omaha, NE 68134; or University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism, Mary E. Williamson and Ruth P. Williamson Scholarship Fund, 120 Neff Hall, Columbia, MO 65211-1200.
Published in Omaha World-Herald on Dec. 6, 2012