Mary Lou Williams
1943 - 2021
Burnett & White Funeral Home
7461 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY
Mary Lou Williams

Red Hook - Mary Lou Williams, 77, a longtime resident of Red Hook, NY, passed away on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Born on February 25th, 1943, in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late Leif and Ellen (Sivertsen) Digre. Mary Lou married Bruce Williams on November 25, 1961 in Chicago, IL, and he survives at home in Red Hook.

Mary Lou worked as a commercial and residential real estate broker, and property manager in the Hudson Valley, and New York City. She later worked in bookkeeping for many years. In addition to raising her family, Mary Lou was active in her community in numerous ways. She was a longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Hook, NY, and served on the church council. Mary Lou was the church historian. She guided many historic tours of the church and cemetery. She also led annual tours for students from Mill Road School, where they learned not only the history of the church, but also the history of Red Hook.

Mary Lou, along with her husband, were founding members and longtime supporters of the Red Hook Booster Club. When she saw that the Red Hook High School football team was not able to meet its own financial needs, she and Bruce created the Sports Club. Through their efforts, they were able to secure a scoreboard and other needed items for the team. They spent their weekends selling hot dogs and hot chocolate at games.

Mary Lou's favorite activity was reading. She was the most prolific reader, we believe, in all of Dutchess County. She devoured history books, and would passionately share small snippets, and stories of things she learned, the moment you sat at her table. Mary Lou loved her grandchildren; all boys. They were her pride and joy. She enjoyed all of their individual traits, and she loved them all for how different they are. Mary Lou also greatly enjoyed sewing, creating all the Halloween costumes for her children, and grandchildren many of these costumes were award winning efforts.

In addition to her loving husband of 59 years; she is survived by her children, Peggy (Colm) O'Callaghan of Red Hook, NY, Brian Williams of Rhinebeck, NY, Julie Williams of Hyde Park, NY, and Janet (Rick) Feimer of Hyde Park, NY; her grandchildren, Quinn O'Callaghan, Aidan O'Callaghan, Declan O'Callaghan, Rich Feimer, and Matt Feimer, along with extended family and friends.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 from 4 to 7 pm.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Red Hook, NY. Pastor James Miller will officiate. Interment will be privately held at a later date.

Due to Covid-19/ NYS Guidelines- masks, social distancing, & capacity limitations will be adhered too during all services. During visitation, please be respectful to those who may be waiting to visit by keeping your stay brief if possible. Your patience is appreciated. Thank you.

Memorial donations may be made in Mary Lou's memory to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 7420 S. Broadway, PO Box 207, Red Hook, NY 12571.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2021.
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Red Hook, NY
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Dear Janet and family,
So sorry for your tremendous loss. May all your precious memories guide you through this sad time.
God bless.
Caroline Van Wagner
Caroline Van Wagner
January 18, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Howard Almstead
January 18, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have known Julie for over 30 years and she spoke of you and the entire family often. You will be missed.
Kate Susman
Kate Susman
January 17, 2021
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