Joanne W. Williams
1936 - 2021
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Joanne W. Williams

Snow Hill - Joanne Wise Williams, age 84, of Ocean Pines, Maryland passed away on February 15, 2021. Born in Forest Glen, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Joel Wise and Anna Schauck Wise. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, David Williams, sons Thomas Williams (Paula) of Silver Spring, MD, Joel Williams (Kim) of Columbia, MD, daughters Megan Wallace (Michael) of Ocean Pines, MD and Annamarie DeBonis (Robert) of Highland, MD, ten beloved grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Also surviving is a brother Jarrett Wise (Loretta) of Silver Spring, MD and two sisters Mary Wise (Joe Flynn) of Eagleville, PA and Anne Sumner (Bob) of Silver Spring, MD, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother John Wise

Joanne was a graduate of the University of Maryland, and then taught elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland. She also worked in administration, advertising design, and copy editing at Long Foster, O'Conner Piper & Flynn, and the Ocean Pines Progress.

Always caring, Joanne volunteered with many organizations, including adult literacy projects, meals on wheels, Taylor House Museum, and the Ocean Pines Library. She was a member of the Democratic Women's Club, Ocean Pines Golf Club Nine-Hole Group, the Ocean Pines Players, and her cherished Spirituality Group. Her gentle and contented nature belied an adventurous spirit - she took up skiing while living in Bavaria, loved to travel, enjoyed biking, gardening, painting, and treasured time at the beach with her grandchildren.

Joanne was an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church where she was a lector for many years. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, February 26th, at 11am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines. Rev. Joseph MPR Cocucci will officiate. Given current capacity limits, please contact the family in advance. Facemasks and social distancing are required. Interment will be at a later date at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Maryland Public Television. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, MD. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family via .

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Published in The Daily Times from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021.
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00 AM
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
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March 1, 2021
My sincere sympathy to the Wise and Williams family. I knew her from high school days. She was best friends to my sister Betty Griffin Gigioli. Betty is suffering from dementia and living with her daughter. Please know that Joanne is in my prayers and i am thinking of you Dave and her family at this sad time. May God hold her in His loving Hands and may she enjoy everlasting rest and peace.
Mary Lou (Griffin) Downey
February 27, 2021
Joanne was a very special lady. She was a good friend to all of us in our Spirituality group. Always pleasant, always smiling, always kind, and she made the best pumpkin pies, that she generously shared with us at our meetings. Rest In Peace my dear friend. You will be sorely missed by all of us.
Betty Wilson
February 22, 2021
Joanne will remain on my mind and in my heart always..... we go back way before Ocean Pines.....our lives have been intertwined beginning in Silver Spring, MD Lots of fun always.... great broccoli salad!!! RIP sweet lady...
Jo Melendey Alexander
February 21, 2021
A beautiful woman and beautiful family. So much love between them all. I wish so much she would have healed. God picks the most beautiful flowers and she was. May God bring you comfort

Jill Marsh (former Activity Aide) at Harrison Senior Living
Jill Marsh
February 21, 2021
We looked forward to her smiling face when she was a lector at church. Deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Lifting the family up in prayer. The Mitchells (Lisa, Bob, Cailey and Nathan)
Lisa Mitchell
February 20, 2021
In memory of my friend
Heidi McNeeley
February 20, 2021
I have such wonderful memories of years of acting with this beautiful, talented lady. My stage has certainly dimmed with this heartbreaking loss. Jamie, Sean and I send all of our love to Dave, Megan and the rest of Joanne’s wonderful family. Our hearts are with you ♥
Heidi McNeeley
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