Mary E. Williams

Dec. 13, 2012

Mary Elizabeth Williams was accepted into the arms of the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. An affectionate wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend, Mary Elizabeth was loved dearly and will be missed greatly.

Born May 25, 1954, to the late Thomas and Betty Gardner Collins, Liz was a lifelong resident of Wilkes-Barre.

A 1972 graduate of Elmer L. Meyers High School, she was an accomplished swimmer and majorette during her high school years.

Liz and her husband, Edward, were married on Aug. 24, 1975. She worked in various positions in the health care field throughout her career, most recently with the Geisinger Health System.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Margie.

In addition to her husband, Edward Sr., surviving are her two sons, Edward Jr. and his wife, Lisa Charneski, Philadelphia, and Michael and his wife, Julie, of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren, Matthan Edward and Margaret Zoe; sisters, Mary Patricia Pearce, Kingston, and Molly Ellen Coolbaugh, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews.

Liz was supremely devoted to the people she loved. Her unyielding sense of compassion and commitment to her family and friends will be her legacy. Her dedication to her children will be felt for years to come.

Celebration of Liz's Life will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. from McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the Church of St. Nicholas. Interment will be in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township.

Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's today from 5 until 8 p.m.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to Saint Vincent DePaul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-2709.

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Published in Times Leader on Dec. 14, 2012