January 11, 1999
Mrs. Williams was born March 24, 1913, in Palouse, WA, to Chalon and Ora Carey. She graduated from Cheney High School and earned her degree as a teacher at Eastern Washington State College. She taught in eastern Washington and then in various schools in the Snoqualmie Valley where she met and married F. Perry Williams of Fall City. They later moved to the Lakewood District in Southeast Seattle, where two sons were born. In 1949, she resumed teaching in the Renton School District.
In 1965, the family moved to Bellingham where Mary was an elementary and special education reading teacher, gifted child program developer, and elementary school librarian until her retirement in 1976. In 1986, she and her husband returned to Woodinville to be near their family.
Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who always put family first and who taught her grandchildren to read when they were just toddlers. She favored traveling, camping, music, growing roses, and sinking into a hot bath at the close of the day, but she loved a good book together with a good hot cup of coffee most of all.
November 25, 1998 commemorated 60 years of marriage to Perry Williams. Mr. Willliams survives her, together with their sons Bill Williams and wife, Sandie, and children Wendie, Brie-Danielle and Chalon of Woodinville; and Dan Williams and wife, Dorothy, of Duvall; and also sisters Carey Lee Hansvold of Sequim, WA, and Jo Duncan, of Tracy, CA.